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.

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.

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 .


Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 (2019)– CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS. For information on dates of counts and contact information for count organizers, check the BCFO website, or check the December issue of BC BIRDING.


Feb. 14-17– WINTER WINGS BIRDING FESTIVAL, Klamath Falls, OR. For information and to register, please check the festival website at http://winterwingsfest.org .

Feb. 15-18– The GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT, sponsored by the National Audubon Society, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, and Bird Studies Canada. For information and to participate, check the GBBC website at: http://gbbc.birdcount.org .

Feb. 25-28– ANNUAL MEETINGS, SOCIETY FOR NW VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY and THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY, WASHINGTON CHAPTER at the Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound, WA (near Olympia). For details, check the SNWVB website at: http://thesnvb.org/annual-meeting ; registration info should be posted by November or December.

Feb. 27- Mar. 2– PACIFIC SEABIRD GROUP, 46th ANNUAL MEETING, Kauai, Hawaii, USA. For information and to register, visit the conference website at:
https://pacificseabirdgroup.org/annual-meeting .

Mar. 15-17– 17th 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, dharger@cityofblaine.com ).

Mar. 16– First WESTPORT SEABIRDS pelagic birding trip of the year from Westport, WA. Westport Seabirds operates about 20 trips per year from April through October. For the trip schedule and other information, please check the website: http://westportseabirds.com .

Mar. 22-24– 21st 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).

Mar. 23-Apr. 7– 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 .

Apr. 11-14– HARNEY COUNTY MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL, Burns, Oregon (near Malheur National Wildlife Refuge). For further information, check the festival website at: http://www.migratorybirdfestival.com/ . Registration opens on February 11.

Apr. 12-14– 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. 17-23– 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://10times.com/bird-festival-arcata . Registration opens in December.

May 3-5– 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 6-12– WINGS OVER THE ROCKIES FESTIVAL (22nd 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 9-10– Joint Meeting of the ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGISTS (APBBC) and COLLEGE OF APPLIED BIOLOGY, Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC. For further information, please check the website at: https://professionalbiology.com/professional-development-networking/annual-conference .

May 16-19– LEAVENWORTH SPRING BIRD FEST, Leavenworth, WA. For information, email info@leavenworthspringbirdfest.com or check the festival website at: http://www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.com .

May 16-20– MEADOWLARK NATURE FESTIVAL, Penticton, BC. The schedule of events and registration may not be available for awhile, but please check the festival website at: http://meadowlarkfestival.ca .

June 21-23– BC FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Golden, BC. For further information, please check the BCFO website at a later date: https://bcfo.ca/2019-agm-golden-june-21-23 .

June 24-28– 137th STATED MEETING, AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY, Anchorage, Alaska. For further information, check the AOS website at: http://www.americanornithology.org/content/upcoming-meetings .



Page updated 09 December 2018

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