Upcoming Events


Compiled by Wayne C. Weber, February 2018

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. 16-18– 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. 17– First WESTPORT SEABIRDS pelagic birding trip of the spring from Westport, WA. Westport Seabirds will be operating about 22 trips in 2018 from February through October. For the trip schedule and other information, please check the website at http://westportseabirds.com .

Mar. 19-Apr. 28– 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. 23-25– 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).

Apr. 5-7– Joint Meeting of the ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL BIOLOGISTS (APBBC) and COLLEGE OF APPLIED BIOLOGY, Westin Wall Centre, Richmond, BC . For further information, please check the website at https://professionalbiology.com/professional-development-networking/annual-conference .

Apr. 5-8– HARNEY COUNTY MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL, Burns, Oregon (near Malheur National Wildlife Refuge). For further information, check the festival website at http://www.migratorybirdfestival.com/ .

Apr. 9-14– 136th STATED MEETING, AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY, Tucson, Arizona. For further information, check the AOS website at http://www.americanornithology.org/content/aos-2018-meeting .

Apr. 13-15– 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 at olympicbirdfest dot org

Apr. 18-24– 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 .

Apr. 27-29– 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 4-6– TOFINO SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL, Tofino, BC. Events not all scheduled yet, but check the festival website at http://raincoasteducation.org/events/tofino-shorebird-festival .

May 4-6– 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-4-6-2018 . Inquiries may be made by email to La Vern at lklassen at hopemountain dot org or by phone at 604-869-1274.

May 7-13– 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 at wingsovertherockies dot org , or check the website at http://www.wingsovertherockies.org

May 10-13– BC NATURE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Vancouver, BC, hosted by Nature Vancouver. 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 at bcnature dot ca )

May 11-13– CRESTON VALLEY BIRD FEST, Creston, BC. For information and to register, please visit the festival website at http://www.crestonvalleybirds.ca .

May 17-20– LEAVENWORTH SPRING BIRD FEST, Leavenworth, WA. For information, email info at leavenworthspringbirdfest dot com or check the festival website at http://www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.com

May 17-21– MEADOWLARK NATURE FESTIVAL, Penticton, BC. For information, please check the festival website at http://meadowlarkfestival.ca/ . A complete schedule of events will be posted, and registration will begin, on April 14th.

June 1-3– BC FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Hope, BC. For further information, please check the BCFO website https://bcfo.ca . Online registration will begin on April 1st.

June 7-11– WASHINGTON ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY annual conference, Hood River, Oregon. For information, visit the WOS website at http://wos.org/annual-conference/current-year .

June 7-9– WILSON ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY annual meeting at the Chattanooga Convention Centre, Chattanooga, Tennessee. For further information, check the WOS website at https://wilsonsociety.org/meetings/2018-meeting .

June 7-9– ASSOCIATION OF FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS annual meeting, jointly with Wilson Ornithological Society, at Chattanooga, Tennessee. For information, check the AFO website at http://afonet.org/wp_english/meetings/

June 15-17–  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-15-17-2018 . Inquiries may be made by email to La Vern at lklassen at hopemountain dot org or by phone at 604-869-1274.

Aug. 19-20– ANNUAL MEETING OF THE WATERBIRD SOCIETY, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, BC (in conjunction with the IOC). For details, check the society website at https://waterbirds.org/annual-meeting

Aug. 19-26– 27th INTERNATIONAL ORNITHOLOGICAL CONGRESS, Vancouver, BC. This gathering of ornithologists from all over the world is a “must” for anyone with a scientific interest in birds. For information and to register, please visit the IOC website at http://www.iocongress2018.com

Sept. 14-16– 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 at edmondswa dot gov

Sept. 16– PELAGIC BIRDING TRIP from Ucluelet, BC on the MV “Frances Barkley”, organized by Nature Alberta. Tickets may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/nature-alberta-pelagic-trip-tickets-41032135221 . For additional info, questions, comments or concerns, please contact the pelagic trip coordinator, James Fox at NApelagic at yahoo dot com .

Sept. 26-30– ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF WESTERN FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS at Ventura, California. For further details, check the WFO website at http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php .

Sept. 28-30– ANNUAL MEETING OF OREGON BIRDING ASSOCIATION, Garibaldi, OR (near Tillamook). For details and to register, check the Oregon Birding Association website http://www.orbirds.org/ at a later date.

Oct. 7-11– 25TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY, Cleveland, Ohio. For information, check the TWS conference page at http://wildlife.org/2018-conference/ .

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 in November and December, or check the December issue of BC BIRDING.



Page updated 21 March 2018

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