2018 Deadlines

AZFO Achievement Award. July 31st

Call for Papers and Posters. August 1st

Gale Monson Grants  September 1st

Youth Scholarships October 1st



 Friday October 26, 2018 to       Sunday October 28, 2018

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Chrissy Kondrat-Smith, AZFO Meeting Coordinator


Arizona Field Ornithologists

  12th Annual Meeting 

2018 26 - 28 October in Ajo, Arizona 

"Cactus" Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl art by Sydney Smith, 2017 Youth Scholarship Recipient

Birds of a feather are flocking to Ajo in October at the historic Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center ! This beautiful part of Arizona holds an intriguing cultural and historical side - and let’s not forget the under-explored birding areas! Sign-up for field trips when you register in order to reserve your spot!


Rooms are currently being held has been extended until August 1st at the La Siesta. Call (520) 3876569, and when booking mention you are with the "bird group." This hotels is holding 15 cabins and 5 double motel rooms. La Siesta is about 2.5 miles from the Inn and Conference Center.

OTHER motel and camping options.

SATURDAY MEETING. Saturday, we are meeting at the convention center for our scientific paper presentations among other regular AZFO reports and activities.  This is an opportunity to learn about on-going research on the status, behavior, and distribution of Arizona birds and interact with the presenters. As well as, learn how to become more involved with AZFO.  In addition, let's not forget about your chance to put your skills to the test with our audio and visual identification contests.  We'll also announce this year's AZFO Gale Monson and Youth Scholarship recipients.  You can browse the scientific project posters and talk with the researchers presenting them.  And it is a great time to network with the many Arizona birders attending.  

 Agenda Coming soon!

SATURDAY KEYNOTE. We welcome Nathan Pieplow. Nathan is a professor at University of Colorado and author of The Peterson's Field Guide Bird Sounds of Eastern North America - and soon a Southwestern birds version. His presentation is sure to be memorable and enjoyable learning experience - you won't want to miss it!  SPONSORED BY MARICOPA AUDUBON SOCIETY.

FRIDAY AND SUNDAY MINI-EXPEDITIONS and WORKSHOP. Open to members and meeting guests. Visit under-explored places such as Quitobaquito Springs at Organ Pipe Cactus NM, Cabeza Prieta NWR and more. NOTE: Details are still in the works for the mini-expeditions. Everyone that is registered will receive a link to sign-up soon!

The workshop will be led by Nathan Pieplow, where you will learn to listen to sounds more analytically, describe more accurately and apply effectively when identifying birds.

SOCIAL TIME. Don’t forget about the AZFO social hour both Friday and Saturday night at the Conference Center. Your chance to catch up and share birding stories and enjoy the aesthetic desert setting.

We are proud to announce our sponsors for the AZFO social, serving beer from Borderland Brewing Company. Member of the Western Rivers Brewers' Council.