Upcoming Events


Compiled by Wayne C. Weber, February 2017

 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. Information on additional meetings is listed in the bimonthly Ornithological Newsletter at  www.birdmeetings.org and on the BIRDNET website at http://www.nmnh.si.edu/BIRDNET/ornith/birdmeet.html .

For most meetings, festivals and other events, the website is the main source of information, and registration can often 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.


Mar. 9-12–  WILSON ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY annual meeting at Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida. For further information, check the WOS website at http://www.wilsonsociety.org .

Mar. 10-12–  15TH ANNUAL WINGS OVER WATER BIRDING FESTIVAL, Blaine, WA. For information, phone the Blaine Visitor Information Center at 1-800-624-3555, send an e-mail to dharger@cityofblaine.com , or check the website at http://www.wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com

Mar. 13- Apr. 15– BRANT WILDLIFE FESTIVAL, Qualicum, BC. For information, phone Robin Rivers at 1-866-288-7878 (in Greater Vancouver, 604-924-9771), e-mail rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca , or check the festival website at http://brantfestival.bc.ca .

Mar. 18–  First WESTPORT SEABIRDS pelagic birding trip of the spring from Westport, WA. This is the first of 19 trips scheduled from March through October 2017. For information and to sign up for a trip, please visit the Westport Seabirds webpage at http://www.westportseabirds.com .

Mar. 24-26– 20TH ANNUAL OTHELLO SANDHILL CRANE FESTIVAL, Othello, WA. For information, check the festival website at http://www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org , or contact the Grant County Conservation District at 1107 South Juniper Way, Moses Lake, WA 98837 (phone 509-765-9618).

Apr. 7-9–  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 (info@olympicbirdfest.org ).

Apr. 7-9–  HARNEY COUNTY MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL, Burns, OR (focused on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge). For information, check the festival website at http://www.migratorybirdfestival.com, or phone the office at (541) 573-2636.

Apr. 19-25–  GODWIT DAYS, Arcata, California. It’s a little way away, but Godwit Days is one of the premier birding festivals in North America. For information, check the festival website at https://godwitdays.org .

May 4-7–  BC NATURE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Lillooet, BC, hosted by the Lillooet Naturalists.  For information and to register, check the BC Nature website at http://www.bcnature.ca  , or phone Betty Davison at the BC Nature office (phone 604-985-3057; e-mail manager@bcnature.ca

May 5-7–  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 .

May 5-7–  TOFINO SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL, Tofino, BC. Events not all scheduled yet, but check the festival website at http://raincoasteducation.org/events/tofino-shorebird-festival .

May 6-13–  VANCOUVER BIRD WEEK, Vancouver, BC. Most events not scheduled yet, but please check the website at http://www.vancouverbirdweek.ca .

May 7–  PELAGIC BIRDING TRIP from Ucluelet, BC, operated by WildResearch. For information and/or to register, check the WildResearch website at http://wildresearch.ca/news/pelagic-trip, or send an email message to pelagics@wildresearch.ca .

May 8-14–  WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES FESTIVAL (21st annual), Invermere, BC. For information, contact the Pynelogs Cultural Centre, PO Box 2633, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0, phone 1-855-342-2473, e-mail  info@wingsovertherockies.org , or check the website at  http://www.wingsovertherockies.org

May 12-14–  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-12-14-2017 . Inquiries may be made by email to La Vern at lklassen@hopemountain.org or by phone at 604-869-1274.

May 18-22–  MEADOWLARK NATURE FESTIVAL, Penticton, BC.  The full schedule of events will be posted by early April. Please check the festival website at http://meadowlarkfestival.ca/ .

May 18-21–  LEAVENWORTH SPRING BIRD FEST, Leavenworth, WA. For information, email info@leavenworthspringbirdfest.com or check the festival website at http://www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.com

June 9-11–  BC FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Tumbler Ridge, BC. For details, check the BCFO conference page at https://bcfo.ca/bcfo-agm-tumbler-ridge-2017 .

June 16-18–  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-16-18-2017 . Inquiries may be made by email to La Vern at lklassen@hopemountain.org or by phone at 604-869-1274.

July 31-Aug. 5–  135TH STATED MEETING OF AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGISTS’ SOCIETY, AND 35TH STATED MEETING, SOCIETY OF CANADIAN ORNITHOLOGISTS, at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. For further details, to register, or to submit a paper for presentation, please visit the website at http://aossco2017.fw.msu.edu/

Aug. 8-12–  ANNUAL MEETING OF THE WATERBIRD SOCIETY, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. For details, check the society website at https://waterbirds.org/annual-meeting

Aug. 16-20–  ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF WESTERN FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS at Pueblo, Colorado. For further details, check the WFO website at  http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php .

Sept. 15-17–  OREGON BIRDING ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING, at the Malheur Field Station, near Burns, OR. For information and to register, check the OBA website at http://www.orbirds.org/2017annualmeeting.html .

Sept. 15-17–  PUGET SOUND BIRD FESTIVAL, Edmonds, WA. For information and to register (starting Aug. 1). check the festival website at http://www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org  , or contact Jennifer Leach at the City of Edmonds Parks Dept. (phone 425-771-0227), or email her at jennifer.leach@edmondswa.gov .

Sept. 21-25–  WASHINGTON ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine, WA. No details posted yet other than the dates and location, but check the WOS website (http://wos.org/annual-conference/current-year ) closer to the conference date for details and to register.

Sept. 23-27–  24TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY, Albuquerque, NM. For information, check the TWS conference page at http://wildlife.org/learn/conferences-2 .

Nov. 8-12–  RAPTOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION annual meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, hosted by HawkWatch International. For information, check the RRF website at http://www.raptorresearchfoundation.org/conferences/upcoming-conferences, or contact the chairperson, Dave Oleyar, by email at dolyar@hawkwatch.org , or by phone at (206) 972-0163.

Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 (2018)–  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 27 February 2017

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