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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8–12 October 2014

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The 39th annual conference of Western Field Ornithologists will be in San Diego, California, 8–12 October 2014, at the Marriott Courtyard hotel at Liberty Station. This is a beautiful location on the San Diego Harbor, less than a mile from the San Diego airport.

Field trips include pelagic trips, as well as visits to a wide diversity of San Diego’s many birding hot spots. There are workshops on field identification of warblers (Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett), vireos (Peter Pyle), and sparrows (Homer Hansen), molt (Peter Pyle), specimen preparation (Phil Unitt), and bird sound identification (Nathan Pieplow). The Saturday evening banquet will feature a celebration of the rich 44-year history of WFO. Ed Harper and Nathan Pieplow will again offer their ever-popular sessions on bird ID by sight and sound.

This year we offer two evening receptions. Our usual Friday evening reception at the hotel and a pre-conference reception Wednesday evening at the magnificent San Diego Museum of Natural History.

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In addition to WFO's usual general science session, the conference will include a symposium on avifaunal change in western North America to be published subsequently as a volume of WFO’s monograph series Studies of Western Birds.

22–25 August 2013

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