Thank you to all of our attendees and sponsors for helping us to make WVBS 2017 a huge success! We had over 170 registrants: many from Benton County and the Eugene area, others from as far away as Princeton, OR. Students of all ages attended, from elementary school up to Ph.D. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates from three colleges and four departments at OSU presented their research on diverse topics, from estimating Song Sparrow densities in the Willamette Valley, to studying the life histories of Adélie Penguins in Antarctica. Community members just discovering their interest in birds attended, as well as those whose passion for birds spans decades. Though we may come from different demographics of age, education, and experience, our love for birds and enthusiasm for avian research unites us. WVBS is the place where we gather to celebrate and learn about birds together. We cannot thank you enough for your support, and we hope to see you again next year for WVBS 2018!
What is WVBS?
An annual, day-long symposium bringing together professionals, students, and amateurs from the Willamette Valley to celebrate birds.
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:
The Willamette Valley Bird Symposium is committed to being a collaborative, caring and inclusive community; one that supports a diversity of people and perspectives. An inclusive community is accomplished and continued by seeking a diversity of people and perspectives. We provide equity and equal opportunity, and promote open dialogue where all experiences and opinions are respected. This approach is crucial to achieving the educational, research, and professional development goals of the Symposium as it provides opportunities for community members, researchers, and students to learn from each other. Together, we believe that we can all contribute to advancing the scientific understanding of birds and their conservation.
We are directed to our goals by the interdependent principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Diversity is the respect and appreciation of differences that categorize people from one another to create different identities. These identity differences include ethnicity, race, gender, age, national origin, disability, education, socio-economic status, cultural, religious, or political affiliations, while recognizing that people can belong to multiple identities.
Equity is the fair treatment, access, opportunity, and to the advancement for all people. This includes identifying and eliminating barriers that have prevented the full participation of underrepresented groups.
Inclusion is the involvement, empowerment, inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized. Inclusion is an active process of creating a community that encourages the inherent value of all individuals by providing full access to the opportunities provided.