Mark your calendar for the next WFO Conference in Billings, Montana, June 10-14, 2015


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The 40th annual conference of Western Field Ornithologists will be held in Montana, marking the first time for the state. Open to all interested birders, the event is scheduled to highlight the peak of bird activity.

Field trips will visit a variety of habitats from the high mountains (Black Rosy-Finch) to the grasslands (Sprague's Pipits). One can see courting McCown’s and Chestnut-collared Longspurs in their finest plumage, along with Upland Sandpipers and Lark Buntings. Other field trips will take you to the scenic mountains for montane specialties or along the riparian corridors of the Yellowstone River alive with exciting birds. 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), raptors (Steve Hoffman), 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 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., include your full name along with 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 (