Upcoming Events


Compiled by Wayne C. Weber

The following meetings and other events are those that take place in BC and immediately adjacent areas or that potentially include information on birds that occur in BC.

NOTE: Because of the Covid-19 epidemic, most scheduled meetings and events for the next few months have been either cancelled or postponed until 2021. This includes our own planned AGM in Smithers. Events which have not yet been cancelled could still be cancelled at a later date. Please be sure to check event websites before you plan to attend or register for any events.

For most meetings, festivals and other events, the website is the main source of information, and registration can usually be accomplished online as well. Wherever information can be obtained through a phone number or e-mail address, we have included these as well; if no contact information is listed, it can be assumed that none was provided by the organization, at least not on the date when this listing was compiled. It is usually not necessary to contact a particular individual, except for scientific meetings when one is interested in making a presentation. Names and contact information for individuals are listed whenever they are available.

For a detailed listing of birding festivals all over North America, please check the Cornell “All About Birds” website at this URL: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/birding-festivals .

June 1 – July 7 – NORTH AMERICAN BREEDING BIRD SURVEY. This long-established program, supervised by the Canadian Wildlife Service and US Fish & Wildlife Service, is for experienced birders who are skilled at identifying birds by songs and calls as well as by sight. It involves running a roadside survey route once every year during June or very early July. There are several “vacant” (i.e., unassigned) routes in various parts of BC. If you are interested, check the Canadian Wildlife Service website at https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/bird-surveys/landbird/north-american-breeding/overview.html , which includes further details and has contact information for the CWS staff in charge of the program.

June 5 – 7 – MANNING PARK BIRD BLITZ, Manning Provincial Park, BC  (based at Loneduck Campground on Lightning Lake). For information and to register, check the website at  http://hopemountain.org/programs/manning-park-bird-blitzjune5-7-2020, Inquiries may be made by email to Ashley Tyler at atyler@hopemountain.org or by phone at 604-869-1274.

June 26 – 28 – BC FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING in Smithers, BC. For details, visit our website at https://bcfo.ca/2020-annual-conference-smithers-june-26-28 . Registration will open later this spring. NOTE: MEETING POSTPONED UNTIL 2021.

Aug 10 – 15 – Seventh NORTH AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL CONFERENCE, San Juan, Puerto Rico. This joint meeting of the American Ornithological Society, Wilson Ornithological Society, and Association of Field Ornithologists takes place once every four years. For details, please check the AOS website at https://americanornithology.org/meetings/annual-meeting . NOTE: THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD AS AN ONLINE RATHER THAN IN-PERSON EVENT. Please check the AOS website for details as they become available.

Sep 9 – 13 – WESTERN FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS CONFERENCE (45th annual) at Reno, Nevada. For further details, check the WFO website at http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php . Registration should open in June 2020.

Sep 11 – 14 – First joint meeting of WASHINGTON ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY and OREGON BIRDING ASSOCIATION, Astoria, OR. For information and to register, check either the WOS website at http://wos.org/annual-conference or the OBA website at https://oregonbirding.org .

Sep 11 – 13 – PUGET SOUND BIRD FESTIVAL, Edmonds, WA. For information and to register (starting Aug. 1), check the festival website at http://www.pugetsoundbirdfest.com or contact Jennifer Leach at the City of Edmonds Parks Dept. (phone 425-771-0227), or email her at jennifer.leach@edmondswa.gov .

Sep 27 – Oct 1 – 26TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY, Louisville, Kentucky. For information, check the TWS conference page at https://wildlife.org/2020-conference .

Oct 4 – 8 – RAPTOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION annual meeting, Boise, Idaho, USA. For further details, visit the society website at https://raptorresearchfoundation.org/conferences/upcoming-conferences .

Nov 10 – 14 – THE WATERBIRD SOCIETY annual meeting at Clear Lake, Texas (near Dallas). For information and to register, please visit the society website at https://waterbirds.org/annual-meeting .

Dec 14 to Jan 5 (2021) – CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS. For information on dates of counts and contact information for count organizers, check the BCFO website in November and December, or check the December issue of BC BIRDING.

Feb 12 – 15 (2021) – GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT. For information on how to participate, please visit the GBBC website at https://gbbc.birdcount.org .

Feb 24 – 27 (2021) – PACIFIC SEABIRD GROUP annual meeting, San Diego, California. For details and to register, please visit the society website at https://pacificseabirdgroup.org/annual-meeting



Page updated 23 May 2020

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