Mark your calendar! Planning is well underway for the 2018 12th Annual AZFO State Meeting – 26-28 October. We are heading to Ajo, Arizona! This year’s meeting will be held at the historic Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center. The Ajo and surrounding area holds an intriguing culture, history, and let’s not forget the under-explored birding areas!
Workshops- Join us beginning Friday for either a workshop or mini-field expedition. The workshop we have planned this year will allow the opportunity for you to increase your bird sound identification skills to an expert level. You will learn to listen to sounds more analytically, describe more accurately and apply effectively when identifying birds.
Mini-expeditions- Open to members and guests both Friday and Sunday. Visit under-explored places such as Quitoboquito Springs at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, Kitt Peak, Puerto Peñasco and more.
Social Time- And don’t forget about the AZFO social hour and dinner, both Friday and Saturday night at the Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center. Your chance to catch up and share birding stories and enjoy the aesthetic desert setting.
Saturday’s Meeting- Packed with discussions to educate and stimulate the mind with ongoing research on the status, behavior, and distribution of Arizona birds; and an opportunity to learn about how you can become more involved with AZFO. In addition, let’s not forget about your chance to put your skills to the test with an audio and visual identification contest; meet this year’s AZFO Gale Monson and youth scholarship recipients; and network with many local birders and researchers from around the country. Saturday night’s keynote will be announced in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more information!
Annual Meetings Feature:
Expert presentations on identification,
status and distribution of Arizona birds
Presentations on where to go birding in
Arizona by local experts
Reports on AZFO Activities such as Field
Arizona Birds- the Online Journal,
Find out how you can get involved with AZFO
Report from the Arizona Bird Committee
Bird identification quizzes
Sunday half-day field expeditions led by local
A chance to meet new friends and visit with
Past Meetings Summaries:
2015: Show Low
2013: Sierra Vista
2012: Lake Havasu City
2008: Flagstaff (no summary)
2007: Gilbert (no summary)