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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Western Field Ornithologists
26–30 September 2018
Ventura Beach Marriott • Ventura, CA

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WFO is looking forward to having you join us in Ventura for this year’s conference. We have an excellent lineup of workshops and field trips, including two, all-day pelagic trips to Santa Cruz Island (for Island Scrub-Jay) and pelagic waters beyond. The banquet's keynote speaker is David Ainley, of H.T. Harvey & Associates, whose address will be: “Population dynamics of seabirds in response to their prey, in the Gulf of the Farallones, 1980s to the present.” The plenary speaker at the Science Sessions will be Paul Collins from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. You'll enjoy hearing and seeing Nathan Pieplow's sound quiz and Ed Harper’s photographic quiz. Meeting this year’s group of enthusiastic Youth Scholars is always heartwarming and fun!

Registration will open in June, so please make sure your membership is up-to-date. The last day to register will be Monday, September 10, 2018. Questions: email

Most of you will want to enjoy the camaraderie of other participants by staying at our host hotel. The Ventura Beach Marriott has provided WFO with a group rate.  IF you book your stay at the Marriott hotel, there is a significant reduction of the Parking Fee to a $10-Flat Fee.  You can make your reservations now, mentioning Western Field Ornithologists, by calling toll-free to: 800-391-6585, or by clicking on the link below:

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16–20 August, 2017

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