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: westernfieldornithologists.org
That of the Central Valley Birding Symposium: cvbs.org