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Willamette Valley Bird Symposium

February 3

Mark your calendars! The 10th annual Willamette Valley Bird Symposium is scheduled for Saturday, February 3, 2024.

Registration opens on Friday, 15 December, 2023!

Ticketing is through University Events: https://oregonstate.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1414

To celebrate our 10th anniversary we are holding an open contest to design a special logo for WVBS: Year 10. Anyone can submit. To learn more and submit your art, please visit: https://forms.gle/9QWiP5SHGoxV9qz29


The 2024 Symposium will be held IN PERSON.

We have two special plenary speakers this year.

Dr. Geoff Hill, Professor at Auburn University, will help us celebrate the remarkable color of birds. His talk: “The color of birds: How the power of science meets the beauty of birds” should inspire us about the amazing spectacle of avian coloration.

Tykee James from the National Audubon Society in Washington, DC, will discuss community building and inclusivity in birding through his talk “Building bridges with birds.”

We have a suite of speakers and special events planned as well, including a focus on bird artists, presentations on recently published books by local authors, and a panel discussion where the audience can ask our plenary speakers and others any questions about birds.

In addition to the plenaries, we will have many 7- and 15-minute talks to keep the pace moving and share with you the amazing variety of stories about birds our speakers have to offer. Expect talks about remote recorders to study bird song, bird diversity across our mountains, stunning photos of Tufted Puffins and what we can learn from them, Slender-billed Nuthatches, Streaked Horned Larks and much more!

We have also extended the length of breaks and will have an after-party at a local Corvallis watering hole so you can have more time to connect with your friends!

• Regular Registration Deadline: January 16th, 2024

What’s included with regular registration?

Regular registration includes admission to the symposium and lunch. Regular registration includes free swag.

• Late Registration Deadline: January 26th, 2024 at 3 PM

What’s included with late registration?

Late registration includes admission to the symposium only. Late registration does not include commemorative items, free swag, or lunch.

Being Green At WVBS

YOU can make a difference! Help WVBS and our planet by reducing your waste during the Symposium. Here are a few tips:

  • Bring your own coffee mug, thermos, and/or water bottle for refills
  • Your swag bag is a great place to carry a cloth napkin and reusable cutlery so we can keep those items out of our landfill!
  • If you do use single-use items while at the event, be sure to keep an eye out for recycling and composting bins and toss them appropriately to reduce your footprint

Have other ideas? We’d love to hear how you stay green and help keep our community and planet zero-waste! Please email douglas.robinson at oregonstate.edu for suggestions.

What is WVBS?

An annual, day-long symposium bringing people together to celebrate birds. Learn more.


February 3


CH2M Hill Alumni Center
725 SW 26th St.
Corvallis, OR 97331 United States
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