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

Friday, July 14

Friday, July 14

DAY 1 | OVERVIEW

7:00am – 12:00pm: Pre-Conference Field Trips

8:00am – 12:00pm: Pre-Conference Sessions

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:00pm – 5:00pm: Pre-Conference Sessions

6:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome Reception: Meet and Greet Your Peers from Across the Flyways

  • Poster Board Sessions will be displayed throughout the Welcome Reception. Poster session guidelines and online application form can be viewed here.

*Detailed session information below.


Morning Schedule:

Time Name
7:00am – 12:00pm Heritage Native Plant Gardens of Park City
7:00am – 12:00pm Gillmor Audubon Santuary and South Shore Preserve
8:00am – 12:00pm Board Building and Governance
8:00am – 12:00pm How To Become a Climate Watch Coordinator

Heritage Native Plant Gardens of Park City

7:00am – 12:00pm

This inspiring field trip – offered in partnership with the Utah Native Plant Society – will visit a number of heritage native plant gardens in the Park City area. You’ll get up-close-and-personal looks at gardens that use native plants to attract birds, pollinators, and other wildlife – and use less water and pesticides in the process. You’ll hear from experts and gardeners, and you’ll see some of the birds that thrive in the gardens of the The Beehive State, such as Green-tailed Towhee, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Mountain Bluebird, Black-headed Grosbeak, and Violet-green Swallow.

Please note: Field trip participants are required to attend Plants for Birds: How To Run a Great Native Plants Program on Friday afternoon.


Gillmor Audubon Santuary and South Shore Preserve

7:00am – 12:00pm

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance for an exclusive guided tour of vibrant restored wetlands, wild uplands, and an ancient river delta seldom visited by outsiders. The Gillmor Audubon Sanctuary and South Shore Preserve protect 2,738 acres on the shore of the Great Salt Lake – with expansive views of the dry lake bed and islands. You’ll learn about the challenges facing the Great Salt Lake ecosystem, which provides critical habitat for millions of birds from across the hemisphere. You may see Pronghorn and many birds including Long-billed Curlew, American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Phalarope, Cinnamon Teal, Burrowing Owl, and Loggerhead Shrike.

*Join Special Guest Kenn Kaufman.

Please note: Field trip participants are required to attend Water and Birds in the West: Preparing for Action on Friday afternoon.


Board Building and Governance

8:00am – 12:00pm

A strong, engaged board is critical to each Audubon chapter’s ability to deliver programs, recruit new participants, and stay financially sustainable. This workshop, facilitated by nonprofit strategy experts from TCC Group, will help you create a chapter board development strategy.

Part 1: Board composition and recruitment. Assess what your chapter aims to accomplish over the next few years and the types of board members who can help you do it.

Part 2: Board orientation and education. Set up your board members to succeed by making sure they have a clear sense of roles and responsibilities, opportunities to contribute, and sufficient support.

Part 3: Board governance and structure. Define board member roles and responsibilities and how they can be successful ambassadors for you.


How To Become a Climate Watch Coordinator

8:00am – 12:00pm

Climate Watch is Audubon’s newest community science program, and it offers birders the opportunity to help scientists understand how climate change is affecting familiar birds. This half-day workshop is an in-depth and hands-on learning experience that will equip you to become a Climate Watch program coordinator in your area. Audubon scientists will give a detailed overview of the protocol and resource materials and provide hands-on instruction on how to use the Esri planner tool. You’ll get outside too for a field component on learning to do surveys. In addition, you’ll learn the best ways to identify target group species, recruit participants, and coordinate and help plan surveys. Participants will need to have either a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to participate in this hands-on session.


Afternoon Schedule:

Time Name
1:00pm – 5:00pm Water and Birds in the West: Preparing for Action
1:00pm – 5:00pm Strategic Thinking: Setting Your Chapter’s Vision, Mission, and Goals
1:00pm – 5:00pm Tweeting for the Birds and Other Ways To Use Social Media To Support Your Work
1:00pm – 5:00pm Plants for Birds: How To Run a Great Native Plants Program
1:00pm – 5:00pm Building Your Coastal Bird Stewardship Program

Water and Birds in the West: Preparing for Action

1:00pm – 5:00pm

In the American West, water is essential for life. In August 2017, Audubon will publish the Water and Birds in the West Report, a synthesis of the best science available, with a focus on the Colorado River Basin and saline lakes of the Intermountain West. This interactive session will preview the report and discuss how Audubon’s network can use it as a tool for advocacy. Speakers will focus on building public support for water decisions and conservation measures that ensure the long-term resilience of globally significant sites along the Colorado River, the Great Salt Lake and Salton Sea.


Strategic Thinking: Setting Your Chapter’s Vision, Mission, and Goals

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Having a clear roadmap for your Audubon chapter is an essential step toward greater success in volunteer recruitment, programs, fundraising, and partnerships. But where to begin? Through a series of interactive exercises in this professionally facilitated workshop, you will work with nonprofit strategy experts from TCC Group to articulate your chapter’s societal vision, mission, and three to four priority strategic programmatic goals that can guide your efforts over the next few years. Ideally, this workshop is attended by multiple representatives from each chapter. This will be a hands-on working session, from which your Audubon chapter will emerge with a roadmap that can guide your work over the next few years.


Tweeting for the Birds and Other Ways To Use Social Media To Support Your Work

1:00pm – 5:00pm

How can you best use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to achieve your organizational goals? Can you keep up with the ever-expanding world of social video if you don’t have filmmakers on staff? Do you have capacity to maintain a Snapchat presence? In this in-depth workshop, you’ll learn tips and tricks that are applicable across a range of channels as well engage in bootcamp sessions on the most popular platforms. We’ll spend the last part of the workshop outside, in the crisp mountain air, where you’ll have a chance to create your own social content. Each participant will walk away with custom content, a social video tool kit, and the skills you need to take your social media efforts to the next level.


Plants for Birds: How To Run a Great Native Plants Program

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Native plant programs are a terrific way to engage people in grassroots conservation and education. This activity-packed workshop will give you hands-on experience with a number of powerful new tools that Audubon has developed to help you begin or further develop your chapter’s native plants program, including opportunities to create your own customized Plants for Birds materials for your area. You’ll learn how to engage and train volunteers through a train-the-trainer Wildscape Ambassador session, and you’ll have a chance to exchange ideas and success stories with other local leaders and develop an action plan before you return home.


Building Your Coastal Bird Stewardship Program

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Does your Audubon chapter work with coastal birds, or are you ready to get started? This in-depth workshop will be a hands-on introduction to how you can help build a healthy, thriving coast for birds and people in your area. You’ll have a chance to talk and strategize with coastal program leaders from Audubon chapters, states and centers, and the national office, and you’ll be the first to get a deep dive into Audubon’s brand new Coastal Bird Stewardship Toolkit. You’ll learn about the tools and technology available to you, and you’ll work on an action plan to for your chapter and members to make a real difference for threatened coastal birds.