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Filming at North America’s Largest Ornithology Conference

North American ornithological conference

Filming at North America’s Largest Ornithology Conference

I’ll be doing filming and photography work this week at North America’s largest ornithology conference. The event is taking place at RBC Place in London, Ontario, August 8-12, 2023.

Birds Canada has hired WorkCabin Creative to do photography and filming of staff at the conference, including a field trip this week to the Long Point Bird Observatory and Long Point, Ontario.

More than 750 of the world’s leading bird experts and bird conservation practitioners are meeting in London, Ontario, from August 8–12 to take part in the 2023 joint American Ornithological Society (AOS) and Society of Canadian Ornithologists – Société des ornithologistes du Canada (SCO–SOC) joint conference (Home – AOS & SCO-SOC 2023 (americanornithology.org). The conference theme, “Birds as Bridges,” highlights the many ways in which birds connect us all. The word “bridge” also reflects a joint Society commitment to the shared values of Belonging, Respect, Inclusion, Diversity, Growth, and Equity in the science of ornithology. As a nod to London, the provincially recognized Blackfriars Bridge features prominently in the conference logo design.

Following a landmark study in 2019 that found that we have lost 2.9 billion birds in North America since 1970, research on birds is more important than ever. This premier scientific event features compelling plenary speakers, workshops, roundtable discussions, and more than 600 scientific talks and posters. Several events are also open to the public including a special presentation on Indigenous reconciliation, a public presentation about birds from Birds Canada, and a movie night. “I am thrilled to help organize this meeting in London, Ontario,” says Dr. Greg Mitchell, co-chair of the organizing committee and a federal researcher who grew up in Southwest London. “I am excited to share the city and the Lake Erie and Lake Huron shorelines with conference participants, and help provide a venue for people to share their passion about their avian research.”

About the Societies: The American Ornithological Society and the Society for Canadian Ornithologists – Société des ornithologistes du Canada are non-profit organizations working to advance the study of birds across North and South America and the Caribbean. Both Societies oversee scientific publications, help ornithologists connect through meetings, and provide research and achievement awards to professionals and students.

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