UPCOMING MEETINGS & 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.
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
Mar. 14 – First WESTPORT SEABIRDS pelagic birding trip of the year from Westport, WA. Westport Seabirds will be operating 22 trips this year from March through October. A detailed schedule of trips for 2020 can be seen at the Westport Seabirds website: http://westportseabirds.com
Mar. 20-22 – 18th ANNUAL WINGS OVER WATER NORTHWEST BIRDING FESTIVAL, Blaine, WA. For information, please check the website at https://www.wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com ,or contact Debbie Harger. Phone, 360 332-8311; email http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Mar. 20-22 – 23rd ANNUAL OTHELLO SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL, Othello, WA. For information, check the festival website at http://www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org , or phone (509) 989-5606.
Mar. 21-Apr. 19 – BRANT WILDLIFE FESTIVAL, Qualicum, BC. For information, phone Elvira Grondin at 1-866-288-7878 (in Greater Vancouver, 604-924-9771, ext 222), or check the festival website at http://brantfestival.bc.ca
Apr. 2-3 – COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGISTS OF BC AGM and conference, Kelowna, BC at the Manteo at Eldorado Resort. For information and to register, visit the College conference webpage at https://www.cab-bc.org/news/2020-conference-registration-open .
Apr. 15-21 – 25th ANNUAL GODWIT DAYS birding festival, Arcata, California. This is one of the premier birding festivals in North America, with dozens of field trips to various places. For information or to sign up, visit the festival website at https://www.godwitdays.org .
Apr. 16-19 – HARNEY COUNTY MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL, Burns, Oregon (focusing on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge). For further information, check the festival website at http://www.migratorybirdfestival.com/
Apr. 17-19 – OLYMPIC BIRD FESTIVAL, Sequim, WA. For information, visit the festival website at http://www.olympicbirdfest.org , or contact the Dungeness River Audubon Center by phone (360-681-4076) or by e-mail email@example.com
Apr. 24-26 – GRAYS HARBOR SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL, Aberdeen, WA. For information, contact the festival office at PO Box 470, Montesano, WA 98563. Phone 360-289-5048 or check the website at http://www.shorebirdfestival.com .
Apr. 28-29 – ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGISTS OF BC annual conference, Nita Lake Lodge, Whistler, BC. For further information and to register, visit the APBBC website at https://professionalbiology.com .
Apr. 28-May 1 – Annual meeting of the SOCIETY FOR NORTHWEST VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY at the Doubletree Inn in Spokane, Washington. This is a joint meeting with The Wildlife Society (Washington Chapter) and NW Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. For information and to register, check the SNWVB website at http://thesnvb.org/annual-meeting
May 1-3 – TOFINO SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL, Tofino, BC, sponsored by the Raincoast Education Society. Events are not scheduled yet, but for information, please visit the festival website at https://raincoasteducation.org/what-we-do/events/tofino-shorebird-festival .
May 8-10 – 8th annual CRESTON VALLEY BIRD FEST, Creston, BC. For information and to register, please visit the festival website at http://www.crestonvalleybirds.ca . Requests for information may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
May 8-10 – SKAGIT VALLEY BIRD BLITZ, Skagit Valley Provincial Park, BC. For information and to register, check the event website at http://hopemountain.org/programs/skagit-valley-bird-blitz-may-8-10-2020/ . Inquiries may be made by email to Ashley Tyler at email@example.com or by phone at 604-869-1274.
May 11-17 – WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES FESTIVAL (23rd annual), Invermere, BC. For information, contact the Pynelogs Cultural Centre, PO Box 2633, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0, phone 1-855-342-2473, email firstname.lastname@example.org , or check the website at http://www.wingsovertherockies.org .
May 14-18 – 23rd Annual MEADOWLARK NATURE FESTIVAL, Penticton, BC. The schedule of events and registration should be available soon; please check the festival website at http://meadowlarkfestival.ca .
May 28-31 – BC NATURE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Princeton, BC, hosted by Vermilion Forks Naturalists. For information or to register, visit the BC Nature website at https://www.bcnature.ca/ . Registration fees increase after March 31.
June 1-July7 – 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-blitz-june-5-7-2020/ , Inquiries may be made by email to Ashley Tyler at email@example.com 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.
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 a later date at
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 next spring.
Sept. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sept. 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 .
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.
Page updated 19 February 2020