Upcoming Events


Compiled by Wayne C. Weber, November 2016

 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.


Nov. 19-20–  FRASER VALLEY BALD EAGLE FESTIVAL, Harrison Mills, BC. For information, check the festival website at http://fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca , send an email to info@fraservalleybaldeaglefestival.ca , phone 604-826-7361, or write the Mission Chamber of Commerce, 34033 Lougheed Highway, Mission, BC V2V 5X8.

Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 (2017)–  CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS. For information on dates of counts and contact information for count organizers for information on counts throughout the province check the BCFO CBC’s 2016/2017 Season, or see the December issue of BC BIRDING.


Feb. 17-20–  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://www.birdsource.org/gbbc-title=Great/howto.html .

Feb. 22-25–  44th ANNUAL MEETING, PACIFIC SEABIRD GROUP, Tacoma, Washington. For information and to register, visit the conference website at http://www.pacificseabirdgroup.org/index.php?f=meeting&t=Annual%20Meeting&s=1 .

Feb. 27-Mar. 3–  SOCIETY FOR NORTHWESTERN VERTEBRATE BIOLOGY meeting at the Blue Lake Casino near Arcata, CA. This will be a joint meeting with the California North Coast Chapter of The Wildlife Society. For information and to register, visit the SNVB website at
http://thesnvb.org/annual-meeting .

March-April (dates not yet scheduled)–  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. 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. 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 . Registration is open now.

Apr. 7-9–  HARNEY COUNTY 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 . Registration opens in December.

Early May (dates not yet scheduled)–  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 4-7–  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 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 18-22–  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/.

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 .

July 31-Aug. 5–  135TH STATED MEETING, AMERICAN ORNITHOLOGISTS’ UNION, AND 87TH ANNUAL MEETING, COOPER ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY, at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. For further details, to register, or to submit a paper for presentation, please visit the AOU/COS website at http://americanornithology.org/upcoming-meetings .

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. 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.



Page updated 06 December 2016

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