Great Gray Owl. Photo: Melissa Groo/Audubon Photography Awards

Program

Program

The theme of this year’s convention is Elevating Audubon: America’s Most Effective Conservation Network.

The convention program will focus on high-quality, interactive sessions that build the capacity of grassroots leaders within the Audubon network.


Friday, July 14th

6:30am – 12:00pm

  • Gillmor Audubon Sanctuary and South Shore Preserve Field Outing – Part 1 of 2
    • The Field Outing is Part 1. Attendees are also required to attend Part 2: Water and Birds in the West: Preparing for Action from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.
  • Heritage Native Plant Gardens of Park City Field Outing – Part 1 of 2
    • The Field Outing is Part 1. Attendees are also required to attend Part 2: Plants for Birds: How to Run a Great Native Plants Program from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.

8:00am – 12:00pm

  • Board Building and Governance
  • How to Become a Climate Watch Coordinator

12:00pm – 1:00pm

  • Lunch

1:00pm – 5:00pm

  • Building Your Coastal Bird Stewardship Program
  • Strategic Thinking: Setting Your Chapter’s Vision, Mission, and Goals
  • Tweeting for the Birds and Other Ways to Use Social Media to Support Your Work
  • Water and Birds in the West: Preparing for Action – Part 2 of 2
    • Attendees may also attend the Field Outing: Gillmor Audubon Sanctuary, Part 1 from 7:00am – 12:00pm.
  • Plants for Birds: How to Run a Great Native Plants Program – Part 2 of 2
    • Attendees may also attend the Field Outing: Heritage Native Plant Gardens of Park City, Part 1 from 7:00am – 12:00pm

6:00pm – 8:00pm


Saturday, July 15th

8:30am – 10:00am

  • Opening Plenary with Keynote Speaker – David Yarnold

10:30am – 12:00pm

  • Advocacy for Birds: How to Become a Champion for Birds and Conservation
  • Creating a Rewarding Volunteer Experience
  • Expanding Your Flock: Being Intentional about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • How to Secure Press Coverage and Work with the Media
  • Mapping for Everyone: Accessing Audubon’s GIS Resources
  • Plants for Birds: Audubon’s Native Plants Toolkit and Resources
  • Q&A with Audubon CEO David Yarnold and Board Chair Maggie Walker
  • Science-Inspired Conservation: Wetland Restoration in the Great Lakes Region
  • The Global Importance of Saline Lakes & Growing a Network to Save Them
  • Values at Play: Balancing the Needs of Birds and People

12:00pm – 1:00pm

  • Lunch

1:15pm – 2:45pm

  • The Art of Collaboration 1: Projects and Short-term Partnerships
  • Building Bridges Across Divides: Finding Common Ground
  • Coastal Bird Stewardship: A New Toolkit for Local Conservation Action
  • Embrace the Future: Succession Planning and Long-Term Sustainability of Audubon Chapters
  • Grassland Birds, Their Challenges, and How You Can Help
  • Junior Audubon Clubs: Lessons for Building Environmental Stewardship Today
  • Local Solutions to Climate Change: How Audubon Chapters and Local Youth Can Make Cities Clean Energy Leaders
  • Plants for Birds in Schools and Gardens
  • Q&A with Audubon CEO David Yarnold and Board Chair Maggie Walker
  • Social Media Mastery

3:00pm – 4:45pm

  • Flyway Meetings

6:00pm – 8:00pm

  • Audubon Convention Banquet with Awards Presentations and a Conversation with Kenn Kaufman. $65 per person. Alcoholic beverages are available to purchase at your own expense.

Sunday, July 16th

8:30am – 10:00am

  • Plenary Address with Keynote Speaker – Dr. Drew Lanham

10:30am – 12:00pm

  • Advocacy for Birds: How to Become a Champion for Birds and Conservation
  • Arctic Birds Are Your Birds: How the Audubon Network Can Help Prevent Drilling in the Arctic
  • Climate Watch: Help Monitor Birds in a Changing Climate
  • Creating a Rewarding Volunteer Experience
  • Embrace the Future: Succession Planning and Long-Term Sustainability of Audubon Chapters
  • International Alliances Program: How You Can Contribute to Full Life-Cycle Conservation
  • Q&A with Dr. Drew Lanham
  • Social Media Mastery
  • Water Scarcity and the Colorado River: Opportunities for Change

12:00pm – 1:00pm

  • Lunch

1:15pm – 2:45pm

  • Advocacy for Birds: How to Become a Champion for Birds and Conservation
  • Audubon’s Imperative: Being an Ally for Diverse Communities
  • Bird-Friendly Buildings: How to Create a Successful Program
  • Embrace the Future: Succession Planning and Long-Term Sustainability of Audubon Chapters
  • Great Photos, Mobile Video Interviews, and Effective Design Principles
  • Important Bird Areas: Bridging Science with Planning, Advocacy, and Engagement
  • Insider Insights from the National Land Trust Community: Possible Lessons for a Strong National Audubon Chapter Network
  • Plants for Birds: Creating a Plan of Action

3:00pm – 4:30pm

  • The Art of Collaboration 2: Initiatives and Long-term Alliances
  • Creating a Rewarding Volunteer Experience
  • Expanding Your Flock: Being Intentional about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Finding Success through Community Science Programming
  • How to Secure Press Coverage and Work with the Media
  • International Alliances Program: Bird-based Tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Local Solutions to Climate Change: How Audubon Chapters and Local Youth Can Make Cities Clean Energy Leaders
  • The River Is Wild: Tackling Riparian Restoration within City Limits

4:45pm – 5:45pm

  • Closing Ceremony

6:00pm – 8:00pm

  • Outdoor Community Barbecue and Networking (With Special Feathered Guests)
    • Included in registration fee. Alcoholic beverages are available to purchase at your own expense.

Monday, July 17th

Field Trips

6:00am – 2:00pm

  • Birding Antelope Island Causeway and Fielding Garr Ranch

7:00am – 12:00pm

  • Gillmor Audubon Sanctuary and South Shore Preserve
  • Jordanelle Wetlands and Heber Fields Birding

7:00am – 1:00pm

  • High Elevation Birding in Big Cottonwood Canyon near Silver Lake

7:30am – 1:00pm

  • River Rafting & Hiking Adventure in Provo Canyon