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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Billings, Montana
10–14 June 2015


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The 40th annual conference of Western Field Ornithologists will take us to Montana for the first time. Field trips will visit a variety of habitats from the high mountains (Black Rosy-Finch) to the grasslands (Sprague's Pipits). We'll see courting McCown’s and Chestnut-collared Longspurs in their finest plumage, Upland Sandpipers and Lark Buntings. History buffs will delight in viewing the Little Bighorn Battlefield where Custer saw his last Sharp-tailed Grouse.

There will be workshops on field identification of sparrows (Jon Dunn) and flycatchers (Dan Casey), natural history of owls (Denver Holt), bird sound identification (Nathan Pieplow), and more. Friday and Saturday afternoon science sessions will update you on the most current avian research from the region and the Saturday evening banquet will feature a keynote address by Stephen Dinsmore on Mountain Plovers. Ed Harper and Nathan Pieplow will again offer their ever-popular sessions on bird ID by sight and sound.

Registration for the conference is now open. WFO members are able to register for our conferences at a reduced rate and have early access to registration. If you are not currently a WFO member, you can join at

HOTEL: To book a room at the WFO rate ($96.00/night) call the Billings Hotel & Convention Center at (406) 248-7151 or (800) 537-7286 and ask to receive the WFO room rate.
TRAVEL: Billings Logan International Airport is 15 minutes from the Billings Hotel, and there is a free shuttle.
WEATHER: June weather in Billings is delightful. Temperatures in the 70s during the day and 50s at night with an occasional chance of rain. HOWEVER, we have field trips to high elevation sites where it can be in the 30s. Therefore come prepared for a range of temperatures.

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