Abstracts are being accepted for scientific presentations at the 47th Annual Conference of Western Field Ornithologists, July 19–23, 2023. Organized in conjunction with the Colorado Field Ornithologists, the convention will take place at the Copper Mountain Convention Center in Copper Mountain, Colorado. Science sessions—perennially one of the highlights of WFO’s conferences—will be held on the afternoons of Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22.
Oral presentations should reflect original research or summarize existing unpublished information, and should be presented in a manner that will interest both serious amateur and professional field ornithologists. All researchers, including students, are encouraged to present.
Talks relating to the following themes are solicited.
• Status, distribution, migration, and population dynamics of birds
• Systematics and biogeography of birds
• Ecology, behavior, and evolution of birds
• New information on avian field identification problems
• Science-based conservation and management of birds
• Techniques for field study of birds, including censusing, monitoring, and other methods, and results of studies applying such techniques
Research described should apply to birds of the WFO region: western North America (from Alaska through Mexico, and the Great Plains to the Pacific coast) and the eastern Pacific Ocean. All talks should identify study objectives, describe methods and data analysis, present results, discuss the significance of the research, and propose future research directions. Oral presentations will be allotted 15 minutes, including 3 minutes for questions and discussion. We expect to have sufficient time in the schedule for 15 presentations.
Please submit an abstract of your presentation electronically to Dan Ruthrauff no later than May 15, 2023, following this format (all in Times New Roman, 10-point font):
YOUR LAST NAME, YOUR FIRST NAME1 and (if applicable) CO-AUTHOR FIRST NAME, CO-AUTHOR LAST NAME2 [all caps]. Title of your talk.1Your affiliation and/or sponsoring organization(s), if any, complete mailing address; e-mail address [all in italics]. 2Co-author affiliation and/or sponsoring organization(s), if different, complete mailing address, if different; e-mail address [all in italics].
Brief (300-word maximum) summary of the objectives, methods, results, significance, and broader applicability of your study (Times, 10-point type).
Use superscripts only if coauthors have different contact information. Also, please include a brief (60-word maximum) bio for the presenting author. Presenters need not be members of WFO, but they must register for the conference (at least for one day).
Note for student presenters: WFO is accepting applications for scholarships to the conference. More information on scholarships and research grants, and how to apply, can be found on the WFO website.
Contact Dan Ruthrauff with any questions.
Detailed information on the conference—including registration, which has already begun—is available on the Colorado Field Ornithologists’ website.
We look forward to seeing you in Colorado!