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Welcome to The 27th International Ornithological Congress
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
August 19-26, 2018

Vancouver is proud to welcome you, preeminent avian researchers and conservationists from around the Globe, to the International Ornithologists’ Union’s prestigious 27th International Ornithological Congress (IOCongress2018). The Host, the IOCongress2018 Organizing Society, and Co-hosts, Bird Studies Canada and the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, have been planning for your coming since 2013.

To make the Celebration even more complete, the public will be joining us through the first Vancouver International Bird Festival – in a World Celebration of BIRDS in all their dimensions: from your Science to the Arts, photography, travel, film, opera, ancient bird coins, poetry, bikes, business… and, of course, “birding”. To conjure such unprecedented magic, the organizers have aligned with Artists for Conservation, City of Vancouver, Pacific WildLife Foundation, British Columbia Field Ornithologists, Vancouver Nature and other key partners to create an exciting week long array of daily bird-related events open to you and the public in and around our spectacular venue, the Vancouver Convention Centre (West Building).?

Notable highlights include the Opening Parade led by youth in bird costumes on stilts, a Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Brass Fanfare, the launch of a new series of Canada Post “Birds of Canada” stamps, the unveiling of the Artists for Conservation’s giant “Silent Skies Mural”, a 3-day Bird Expo with over 70 exhibitors and presentations by the internationally renowned “Birds Know No Boundaries” team, Purnima Barman, winner of the “Green Oscars”, and Jennifer Ackerman on the “Intelligence of Birds”. Also, as Birds are truly the Gateway to Nature, the public have been invited to participate in our many bird trips on the “Big Day”, Friday 24 August.

Finally, please join us and our most honored guest, distinguished author, poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor and teacher, Margaret Atwood, for Canada Evening on Tuesday 21 August.

We are indebted to Tourism Vancouver, Simon Fraser University, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Government of British Columbia for their support from the outset in making this a memorable scientific gathering - and salute MCI Canada, our Professional Conference Organizer, for realizing the vision.

Birds as Peacemakers - SPECIAL OFFER

We're happy to pass on a special New Year offer courtesy of Birds as Peacemakers. If interested, you can now purchase the beautiful album "Bringing the Dead Sea to Life - Art and Nature at the Lowest Place on Earth" (170 artworks from the Artists for Nature seminar and background material about the Dead Sea). The book is 31 x 30 cm, 232 pages, with texts in three languages (Hebrew, English and Arabic), and especially suitable as a New Year's gift. The special price is $65 (including delivery), instead of $105. To order the book, please send a check payable to the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), to Prof. Yossi Leshem, Department of Zoology, Sherman Building, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 6997801, Israel or pay with credit card via the birding portal at

Birds as Peacemakers - Download presentation 



Featured Events

  • International Association
    • International Ornithologists' Union
  • Co-Hosts
    • Bird Studies Canada
    • Society of Canadian Ornithologists
  • Gold Partner
    • Environment and Climate Change Canada
    • Simon Fraser University
  • Silver Partner
    • Wild Birds Unlimited
    • Worldwide Quest
  • Bronze Partner
    • British Columbia Waterfowl Society
    • Ducks Unlimited Canada
    • Ecotone
    • London Drugs
    • NexOptic
    • One Ocean Expeditions
    • ROCKJUMPER – Worldwide Birding Adventures
    • West Coast Seeds
    • Wildlife Acoustics
    • Zeiss Sports Optics
  • Friends Partner
    • ARGOS Satellite System
    • Cornell University Press
    • GeoTrack
    • Human Global Messenger Technology Co
    • Lotek Telemetry
    • PathTrack Limited
    • Technosmart Europe
    • Vancouver Airport Authority
    • WCMRC
    • Wildlife Computers
    • Wildlife First
    • Xerius Tracking
  • Transportation Partner
    • Mobi Bikes
  • Bird Friendly® Coffee Partner
    • Allegro Coffee Company
    • Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company Inc.
  • Associates
    • American Ornithological Society
    • Artists for Conservation
    • British Columbia Field Ornithologists
    • Pacific Seabird Group
    • Pacific WildLife Foundation
    • Vancouver International Bird Festival
    • Waterbird Society
  • Supporters
    • Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia
    • Beaty Biodiversity Museum
    • Biodiversity Centre For Wildlife Studies
    • Biodiversity Research CEntre, University of British Columbia
    • British Columbia Conservation Foundation
    • British Ornithologists' Union
    • Chi'iyakmesh River Valley
    • City of Vancouver
    • Corbidi
    • Dance Centre
    • Delta Naturalists Society
    • DO-G
    • Eagle-Eye Tours
    • Environment Canada
    • European Ornithologists' Union
    • FMCBC
    • Hancock House Publishers
    • Laskeek Bay Conservation Society
    • MetroVancouver
    • Nature Culture
    • Nature Vancouver
    • Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Program
    • Philippine Eagle Foundation
    • Province of British Columbia
    • Scotiabank
    • Sea Duck Joint Venture
    • Sewell's Marina
    • Smithsonian BFH
    • Stanley Park Ecology Society
    • Stewardship Centre
    • Tourism Vancouver
    • UBC
    • Vancouver Avian Research Centre
    • Vancouver International Bird Festival
    • Vancouver Parks Board
    • Wild Research
    • Wilson M. Beck Insurance
  • Professional Congress Organizers
    • MCI