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 .

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/ .

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://godwitdays.org .

May 2-5– BC NATURE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, Duncan, BC, hosted by Cowichan Valley Naturalists. For information or to register, visit the BC Nature website at http://www.bcnature.ca/agm-2019-cowichan-valley .

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 3-5– TOFINO SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL, Tofino, BC. Events not all scheduled yet, but check the festival website at http://raincoasteducation.org/events/tofino-shorebird-festival .

May 6-12– 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 9-13– WASHINGTON ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Moses Lake, WA. Check the WOS website http://wos.org/annual-conference/current-year for details.
Registration begins on March 10th.

May 10-12– CRESTON VALLEY BIRD FEST, Creston, BC. For information and to register, please visit the festival website at https://www.crestonvalleybirds.ca/index.html , phone Sharon at 250-428-7289, or send an e-mail message to info@crestonvalleybirds.ca . Registration begins in the first week of April.

May 10-12– 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-10-12-2019 . Inquiries may be made by email to Ashley Tyler at atyler@hopemountain.org or by phone at 604-869-1274.

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 should be available by early April. Please check the festival website at http://meadowlarkfestival.ca .

June 1-2– OREGON BIRDING ASSOCIATION annual meeting, Portland, OR. For details and to register, please check the OBA website at https://oregonbirding.org .

June 14-16–  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-blitzjune-14-16-2019 . Inquiries may be made by email to Ashley Tyler at atyler@hopemountain.org or by phone at 604-869-1274.

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 .

Aug. 21-25– WESTERN FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS CONFERENCE (44th annual) at Albuquerque, New Mexico. For further details, check the WFO website at http://www.westernfieldornithologists.org/conference.php .

Sept. 13-15– 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. 29-Oct. 3– 26TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY, Reno, Nevada. For information, check the TWS conference page at http://wildlife.org/2019-conference .

Oct. 27-30– Joint meeting of the WILSON ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY and ASSOCIATION OF FIELD ORNITHOLOGISTS, Cape May, New Jersey, USA, hosted by the Cape May Bird Observatory. For details, check the society websites http://www.wilsonsociety.org for WOS, http://afonet.org/wp_english/meetings for AFO closer to the conference date.

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 .

Nov. 6-9– 43rd ANNUAL MEETING OF THE WATERBIRD SOCIETY, Salisbury, Maryland, USA at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore campus. For details, check the society website at https://waterbirds.org/annual-meeting .

Dec. 14 to Jan. 5 (2020)– 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 07 March 2019

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