Join us for WVBS 2019!

The Willamette Vally Bird Symposium (WVBS) held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Oregon State University was our largest one to date with over 250 attendees! Thank you to our sponsors, our presenters, and everyone who attended for making this year’s symposium a huge success. We hope you will join us again for the 5th annual WVBS: January 19, 2019!

What is WVBS?

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


“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 appeciated the keen birders giving their points of view.”

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

2018 Highlights:

• Special keynote lecture by Pepper Trail: “Solving Crime with Feathers: The Casebook of a Forensic Ornithologist”
•  Short scientific presentations
•  Demonstrations of avian research techniques
•  Live birds from Chintimini Wildlife Center
• Lunch and refreshments will be provided (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options available)
• Raffle prizes! (tickets available for purchase with registration or at the event)

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!

Photos from WVBS 2018:

The symposium was started in partnership by Oregon State University and the American Ornithological Society.

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.