Sunday, October 7, 2012

Chronicles of a Conference

Hello, again! I've been working on something big and exciting for you, and I'm really pumped to finally have it finished.

Last weekend, September 28 to 30, I had the opportunity to go to the Western Field Ornithologists' Annual Conference in Petaluma, CA. This was my first birding conference, and it was absolutely fantastic. I met lots of birders from all over the West Coast, I heard awesome science presentations, I saw a lot of new bird species... It was just splendid. And the reason that I was able to go to this conference is because the WFO awarded me a really generous scholarship, for which I am extremely grateful. I don't know if I have any readers who are young birders on the West Coast, but, if you are reading this, you should really apply for their scholarship next year (if they have one). Even if you don't win the scholarship, birders from grades 6 to 12 get free registration into the conference. It's a win-win situation! Next year's conference is going to be held in Olympia, WA.

Anyways, I could talk for hours and hours about my experience. But what I decided to do instead is to make a video! I think it turned out really well. The majority of it is just me talking, but I'd like to think that the stories I'm telling are interesting. : )

So, yeah! If you were wondering where I went last weekend, or if you just want to know what a birding conference is like, check these videos out! I know this thumbnail right here is not particularly attractive, but, hey, what can I say. I don't have much choice in what Youtube chooses as my thumbnail.

And, look at this! Here we have another video with a couple more stories from the conference that just didn't have space in the first video. And, to top it all off, we have some super classy bloopers. Enjoy!

Oh, that's right - I should include some websites!
That of the WFO:
That of the Central Valley Birding Symposium:


  1. The ending pf the bloopers video... Ahahaha, I died, that was brilliant.

    It looks like you had a fantastic time! I'm super jealous, especially of the art workshop. That looked awesome!

  2. I'm glad you liked it. ; )

    Yeah, it was a lot of fun. I bet there's a birding conference in your area that you could go to!

  3. Love it!! Hope I can go somewhere like that, congrats on winning the scholarship ;D

  4. Aw, thanks, Rosemary! Maybe you can come out to the West Coast sometime!