To all WOS and OBA members,
On a Zoom meeting today of our joint WOS/OBA planning group, a decision was made to postpone our upcoming conference in Astoria in September. This is due, of course, to the many uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. This decision was based on a number of factors that you are all aware of, and which in themselves are virtual certainties: 1) our country’s recovery from this disease is likely to be uneven among regions and difficult to anticipate in any particular area; 2) the demographic nature of our members, overwhelmingly, leans toward those who are most vulnerable to serious illness; 3) optimum safety of attendees from this disease depends ultimately on the availability of effective therapies and vaccines, neither of which are likely to arrive on the scene in the next few months. Since we cannot be confident of the health and safety of our members who attend this event, we believe it is prudent to reschedule.
We know this will be disappointing to our members as well as to the many people who have expended much effort in the planning and preparation for this exciting event. Our current thinking is that we would hold this “joint conference” about a year later, in early to mid-September 2021, at the same location in Astoria, Oregon, and we will begin working with hotels, caterers, speakers and trip leaders towards that goal. Our organizations’ respective annual business/membership meetings will be held as virtual meetings later this year, with separate announcements from OBA and WOS going out to their respective members separately. And as a replacement for the postponed 2020 conference, we are planning to hold a “virtual conference” with a keynote speaker (yet to be determined), and tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, with details and information to be sent out soon.
Please continue exercising caution as you go about your daily lives, and we all look forward to the day when we can get out birding unhindered and unconcerned!
Nagi Aboulenein, OBA President
Eric Dudley, WOS President
Note: The below information was prepared before the annual conference was postponed for a year because of the Coronavirus. Thus the information is no longer operative.
For our Annual Conference in 2020, we are offering something for the first time: a combined meeting of the Oregon Birding Association and the Washington Ornithological Society.
The conference will take place September 10 – 14, 2020 in Astoria, Ore. Our conference headquarters will be at the Holiday Inn Express at 204 W. Marine Dr. in Astoria. But most events and field trip departures will take place at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria, 10 to 15 minutes away from downtown Astoria.
Detailed information is provided at the links below. (Final field trip listings, leaders and descriptions will appear on the website in May.)