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 ongoing Covid-19 epidemic, many scheduled meetings and events for the next few months have been cancelled, gone virtual, or been postponed. 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 .

At least one event, the Olympic Bird Festival, has apparently been cancelled for 2022.

May 28– BC NATURE annual general meeting, UBC Okanagan campus, Kelowna, BC. For information, please visit the BC Nature website at https://bcnature.org/bc-nature-agm-2022-may-28-2022 .

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– First WESTPORT SEABIRDS pelagic birding trip of the summer from Westport, WA.
Westport Seabirds will be operating 22 trips in 2022 from June through October. For the trip schedule and other information, please check the website at http://westportseabirds.com .
Cost of the trips is $180 US (or $190 if paying by PayPal.

June 9-12– Annual conference of WASHINGTON ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY, Spokane Valley, WA. For information and to register, please visit the WOS website at https://wos.org/annual-conference/current-year .

June 24-26– BC FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING in Smithers, BC. For details, visit our website at https://bcfo.ca/annual-conference-smithers-june-24-26 . Registration is open now.

June 27-July 2– 140th annual meeting of the AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in conjunction with Birds Caribbean. For details, please check the AOS website at a later date at: https://americanornithology.org/meetings/annual-meeting .

July 17-20– 103rd annual meeting of the WILSON ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY at Santa Fe, New Mexico. For information, please check the society website at https://wos2022.org .

Sept. 7-11– 46th annual WESTERN FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS conference, to be held at the Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, Nevada. For information, please visit the WFO website at
https://westernfieldornithologists.org/conference .

Sept. 10-11– 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. 14-17—Annual meeting of the WESTERN BIRD BANDING ASSOCIATION at the Putah Creek Lodge on the campus of the University of California campus at Davis, CA. For information and to register, please visit the WBBA website at https://www.westernbirdbanding.org .

Oct. 1– BIRDS AND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL, Ridgefield NWR, Ridgefield, WA (near Vancouver, WA). For information, visit the Friends of Ridgefield website at https://ridgefieldfriends.org/birdfest-bluegrass . A more complete list of events and registration info will be posted sometime this summer.

Oct. 4-9– RAPTOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION annual meeting (jointly with Florida Ornithological Society), Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA. For further information, visit the Foundation’s website at https://raptorresearchfoundation.org/events/current-conference .

Oct. 10-13– Annual meeting, ASSOCIATION OF FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS, Plymouth, Massachusetts. For further information, please visit the AFO website at
https://afonet.org/events .

Nov. 5-9– RAPTOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION annual meeting, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. For further details, visit the society website at https://raptorresearchfoundation.org/conferences/upcoming-conferences .

Oct. 24-27– TRUMPETER SWAN SOCIETY, 26th conference, along with 7th International Swan Symposium, Snow King Resort, Jackson, WY, USA. For information and to register, please visit the Society website at https://www.trumpeterswansociety.org/what-we-do/symposium-conference

Oct. 31-Nov. 4– 46rd ANNUAL MEETING OF THE WATERBIRD SOCIETY, at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, Corpus Christi, Texas. For details, check the society website at https://waterbirds.org/annual-meeting .

Nov. 6-10– Annual conference of THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY, the professional society for wildlife biologists, to be held in Spokane, WA. For information, please check the conference website at

Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 (2023)– CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS. For information on dates of counts and contact information for count organizers, please check the BCFO website in November and December, or check the December issue of BC BIRDING.


.Page updated 24 May 2022

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