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
21–25 August 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Sandia Mount.The 44th annual conference of the Western Field Ornithologist will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, from August 21–25. The conference brings together amateur and professional ornithologists from throughout the West for four days of field trips, scientific presentations, bird identification panels, and camaraderie. New Mexico supports a wide variety of high desert, mesa, mountain, riparian, grassland, and wetland habitats. As of January 2019, 546 species representing 67 families have been verified in the state. Field trips will explore great birding spots throughout the state.

Western Field Ornithologists promotes the study of birds throughout western North America, Hawaii, the northeastern Pacific Ocean, and Western Mexico. WFO strives to increase knowledge, appreciation, and protection of birds and their habitats, and publishes Western Birds, a peer-reviewed journal focusing on field-oriented descriptive ornithology.

Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, sits in the high desert plain at 5,300 ft. elevation. Directly to the east the spectacular Sandia Mountains rise to over 10,600 ft. The modern Downtown core contrasts with the Old Town section which dates to the city’s founding as a Spanish colony in 1706. Old Town is filled with historic adobe buildings, cafes and outdoor eateries. Nearby, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center traces the area’s tribal history. Other attractions that conference attendees will enjoy in and near the city are the BioPark, Garden and Zoo; the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science; Sandia Park Tram; Petroglyph National Monument; and the Rio Grande Nature Center. Miles of hiking and birding trails border both sides of the Rio Grande River as it flows along the edge of the city. Albuquerque is also home to the University of New Mexico, a world class university with about 26,000 students and a large and diverse program in biology and the natural sciences.

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