I hope many of you at bird observatories will consider attending this meeting in June 2018.  If anyone is interested in co-organizing a symposium focused on research advances and opportunities at Bird Observatories, please let me know.  I would love to see symposium at this conference that follows from our IBOC 2 experiences.

The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) and Wilson Ornithological Society (WOS) are pleased to announce that registration is open for their joint meeting to be held at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee from 7-9 June 2018. AFO/WOS meetings are known for their blend of academic and government ornithologists and citizen scientists, and our meetings offer a welcoming atmosphere for graduate and undergraduate students and early professionals.

Registration information, abstract submission, travel information, and other information can be found at the conference website: www.cvent.com/d/4tqzbk. Please register now for this exciting, convenient, and inexpensive ornithology conference.

Location, Birding, and Accommodations. The riverfront city of Chattanooga offers a scenic venue for the meeting. Chattanooga is a family-friendly location with many activities in or near downtown and a plethora of local eateries; the conference banquet will actually be held in the River Journey of the beautiful Tennessee Aquarium, located near the city’s waterfront. June is an excellent time for birding in Chattanooga, and there are many birding spots near to downtown; several free field trips are available to participants and guest. Inexpensive rooms are available for conference participants at the attached Marriot Chattanooga Downtown and the nearby Days Inn Chattanooga-Rivergate.

Travel Awards are available for students and early professionals to attend the meeting. Applications are due 2 March 2018. See the conference website for submission details.

Plenary Speakers. We are excited to offer two excellent plenaries during the conference. Valentina Ferretti will speak about, “Variation in extra-pair paternity: lessons learned from studying birds in South America.” Reed Bowman, who is receiving WOS’s Margaret Morse Nice award that honors a lifetime of contributions to ornithology, will present “The challenges of long-term research: getting the work done and keeping it relevant.”

Abstracts for papers and posters are due on 30 March 2018.

Call for Symposia and Workshops. We are now accepting suggestions for symposia or workshops to be offered during the meeting. Symposia would be scheduled as part of the scientific program on Thursday or Friday, June 7 or 8.   Saturday has been set aside for field trips and workshops. A bird banding workshop will be organized by the North American Banding Council and other workshops are welcome. Please send your suggestions for symposia to Mary Bomberger Brown (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Dan Cristol (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February 28. Please send suggestions for workshops to David Aborn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Mark Deutschlander (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by February 28.

Questions about the conference should be sent to local host David Aborn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), WOS President Mark Deutschlander (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or AFO President Paul Rodewald (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

We look forward to seeing you in Chattanooga!

Mark Deutschlander and Paul Rodewald