Call for Papers for WFO’s 48th Annual Conference


Abstracts are being accepted for scientific presentations at the 48th Annual Conference of Western Field Ornithologists, to be held October 9–13, 2024. This year’s convention will take place at The Dana, a hotel on Mission Bay, in San Diego, California. Science sessions are always one of the highlights of WFO’s conferences, and this year’s sessions will be held on the afternoons of October 11 and 12 (Friday and Saturday).

Oral presentations should reflect original research or summarize existing unpublished information, and should be presented in a manner that will interest both serious amateur and professional field ornithologists.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 August 15, 2024, 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).

Student presenters: WFO is accepting applications for scholarships for the conference. The WFO website has more information on scholarships and research grants, and how to apply.

Contact Dan Ruthrauff with any questions, and please visit the WFO website for more information about the conference. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!

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