Save the Date—San Diego Here We Come!

Light-footed Ridgway’s Rails. Photo: Tom Blackman

With San Diego County’s list now well over 500 species waiting for your discovery, the WFO Conference is an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendar for an unforgettable ornithological exploration. Stay tuned for even more details, coming soon!

 WFO’s 48th Annual Conference in San Diego

The Western Field Ornithologists’ upcoming conference will be held in the sun-kissed city of San Diego, California, October 9–13, at The Dana, a hotel on Mission Bay.

We’re thrilled to share exciting details about our upcoming gathering.

Featured Species: Light-footed Ridgway’s Rail
The conference’s theme bird is the endangered Light-footed Ridgway’s Rail, a bird you will be able to see on select conference field trips.

As for all WFO conferences, the field trips are being meticulously planned to provide attendees with rich birding experiences. Full-day trips will be scheduled for Thursday and Sunday, half-day trips for Friday and Saturday.

  • Discover the vibrant biodiversity of Southern California’s wetlands and coastal areas, where you can find the Light-footed Ridgway’s Rail, Western Snowy Plover, Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, California Gnatcatcher, and Elegant and Royal Terns.
  • Venture into the expansive Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, which offers an impressive array of Colorado desert specialties.
  • Embark on offshore pelagic trips in search of shearwaters, storm-petrels, alcids, boobies, and other birds found off San Diego’s coast in October.

Special Events
Don’t miss the ever-popular Photo ID Panel and Sound ID Challenge.

  • Nathan Pieplow, author of the Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sound, will host this game-show-style challenge for bird identification by sound. Teams and the audience will be kept guessing and learning.
  • Ed Harper will host his ever-popular Photo ID Panel, offering images that progress from the easily identifiable to the puzzling and the vexing. As audience members ponder their own IDs, they listen to seasoned birders discuss the fine points.

Keynote Speaker
Kevin J. Burns, our keynote speaker, has been a professor at San Diego State University for 25 years. At SDSU he teaches courses in ornithology and evolutionary biology. He is also curator of the bird collection at the SDSU Biodiversity Museum. His lab, the Kevin J. Burns Lab, uses genetic data to study the systemics and population genetics of birds. The lab’s work has involved tanagers and various western species, including Bell’s Vireo, Allen’s Hummingbird, and California Thrasher. Kevin has published more than 75 scientific papers on birds and is an elective fellow of the American Ornithological Society.

 Reservations at The Dana Are Now Open
Plan ahead to attend the conference by reserving your accommodations at our host hotel, The Dana., at WFO’s negotiated conference rate of $189 per night. To make your reservation, contact the hotel through one of the following options.

  • Call the hotel reservations department at 800-445-3339 and mention you will be attending the Western Field Ornithologists conference.

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