Conference

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

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), electronic birding with Cat Waters and Ted Floyd, 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 will open in late February 2015 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 erpfromca@aol.com, include your full name and city and state of residence, and we’ll put you on. 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 westernfieldornithologists.org/join.php.

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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