Birders, scientists, naturalists and Field experts convene every two years to study all things avian, and this year, the 17th Alaska Bird Conference is set for Dec. 6-8 in Cordova. Researchers and managers will report on all aspects of bird biology, management and conservation in Alaska. The Prince William Sound Science Center hosts the event, which takes place at the Cordova Center.
The first conference, held in 1985 in Anchorage, began a tradition of monitoring and fostering a safe haven for migratory and year-round birds in Alaska. The conference has been held on an approximately biannual basis ever since and is expected to attract up to 200 participants.
The conference, say its organizers, “by design retains a familiar and friendly atmosphere, welcoming new students and ornithologists into the fold, and providing a much-anticipated gathering for those who work with and care for Alaska’s birds.”
Besides 15-minute presentations on the latest in ornithology research, the conference also will include chances to view birds in the Cordova area through half-day birding expeditions.
Register at Alaskabirdconference.org – tickets range from $250 for the entire conference for professionals to free side seminars for those who just want to stop by.