Each year WFO holds a multi-day conference with scientific papers, field trips, workshops, panels, a keynote address, the annual membership meeting, and other events. The location varies each year as WFO attempts to span its region of coverage while also making its conferences accessible to the bulk of its members.
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Western Field Ornithologists
September 9–13, 2020

Reno, Nevada

We will celebrate WFO’s 50th anniversary in Reno, Nevada at the beautiful Whitney Peak Hotel (one of VERY few non-smoking, non-gaming venues in the area) next September. As usual, the conference will feature excellent science presentations, many focusing on the birds and issues of the area. There will be workshops, lots of field trips, and plenty of opportunities to meet old friends and make new ones. Early September in the Great Basin and eastern Sierra is an ideal time for birding, with the weather excellent and passerine and shorebird migration in full swing. Appropriately enough (given that it IS our anniversary) we even have a good shot at finding our logo-bird, Sabine’s Gull, at one of the many lakes and reservoirs. We will be able to visit a number of sites in western Nevada as well as Lake Tahoe, Sierra Valley, and other nearby California hotspots. Mark your calendars now and look for future WFO News emails with more info. We expect to open registration in June 2020.

In the photo: One of the sites we will visit is Carpenter Valley—a spectacular Sierra meadow in Nevada County, CA. Photo by Ted Beedy

Albuquerque, New Mexico
21–25 August 2019

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