Thank you for Supporting WVBS!

What is WVBS?

An annual, day-long symposium bringing together professionals, students, and amateurs from the Willamette Valley to celebrate birds. Learn more.

Symposium Highlights: 

•  Special keynote lecture by a prominent ornithologist (2020 Keynote Speaker: Noppadol Paothong)
•  Short scientific presentations
•  Demonstrations of avian research techniques
•  Live birds from Chintimini Wildlife Center
• Lunch and refreshments (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options available)
Raffle prizes!

Keynote Speaker 2020

This year’s Keynote speaker is Noppadol Paothong. He is a nature/conservation photographer and an associate fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. He has published two national award-winning books: Save the Last Dance (2012) and Sage Grouse, Icon of the West (2017). His images appear regularly in many national publications, such as Audubon, Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife, Ranger Rick, and many more.

In addition to being our keynote speaker, Noppadol will be teaching a half day photography workshop. Details on this workshop and how to get tickets will be coming soon.

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the 2020 WVBS


“Great format & more enjoyable than ever – talks were excellent & good humor too.”

“Love the true mix of young professional, graduate, [and] new speakers. Like the fact that it’s a bird, not birding, symposium – [makes a] big difference and casts a wider net.”

“Great event! The speakers were awesome & lots of topics were covered. Definitely appreciated the keen birders giving their points of view.”

“This is the 3rd symposium I’ve attended. All have been excellent!”

The 2020 WVBS was featured on Hannah and Erik Go Birding. Listen to the podcast

Get Involved!

Interested in becoming a sponsor of WVBS or donating raffle prizes?
Find out more about how to get involved. We hope to see you there!