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.
Join the Washington Ornithological Society for their 26th Annual Conference
in the beautiful Yakima Valley, June 12-16.

Nestled between the Cascade Mountains and Columbia River, Yakima County has a diversity of habitats including alpine tundra, mixed evergreen forest, open pine forest, desert canyons, riparian woodlands, marsh wetlands, agricultural fields, urban gardens, grasslands and shrub-steppe, which provides shelter for over 250 species of birds.

June is the month of song, and migrant birds will be back to defend their breeding territories. Yakima will be heating up with longer days of sun and plenty of terrific venues to explore, but the amatory urge of life itself!

All registration will be online. Registration opened Sunday March 30, 2014, at 8:01 AM PST. For more information, please visit the registration website .

San Diego Conference
Wing your way to....
8-12 October 2014

The 39th annual conference of Western Field Ornithologists will be in San Diego, California, 9–12 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 will include two pelagic trips, as well as visits to a wide diversity of San Diego’s many birding hot spots. In addition, we are offering a two-day field trip Sunday and Monday (October 12-13) to the Salton Sea and Imperial Valley area led by Guy McCaskie and Jon Dunn.

There will be workshops on field identification of warblers (Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett) 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.

Registration for the conference will open in mid-June with the exact date to be announced via a future WFO News email. If you are NOT currently on our electronic mailing list, please send an email to, include your full name and city and state of residence, and we’ll put you on.

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. We welcome and solicit contributions to this symposium and peer-reviewed publication. To inquire about participating, please contact Dave Shuford or Bob Gill.

22-25 August 2013

Bald Eagle
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