We hope you’re planning to join us in July for the Wilson Ornithological Society’s 103rd annual meeting in beautiful, historic Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is our first ever foray to New Mexico, arguably our first meeting in the Southwest, and our first return to the Rockies since our 1985 meeting in Boulder, Colorado. The selection of a new conference location for us reflects both our ever-broadening membership base and our values as an organization dedicated to mentoring and supporting the work of ornithologists wherever they may be. For those of us from outside the Southern Rockies region, it will also provide opportunities to experience some birds with which we might not be familiar. That regional diversity is hinted in our beautiful conference logo designed by Jess McLaughlin illustrating Rufous, Black-chinned, and Broad-tailed hummingbirds, all of which should be easy to find right in Santa Fe!

Our venue is the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 4048 Cerillos Rd, Santa Fe. A block of rooms has been reserved there for conference attendees, and there are many options available for alternative lodging in and around the city. With the exception of field trips (TBA), all conference events (workshops, presentation sessions, etc.) will take place at the DoubleTree.

#TheCityDifferent, Santa Fe is New Mexico’s capital and fourth-largest city. Founded in 1607 and dedicated as a Spanish Provincial capital in 1610, Santa Fe is today the oldest capital city in the US. At just over 7000 feet in elevation, it is also the highest. In addition the natural beauty of the Santa Fe Mountains, the southernmost of the Sangre de Cristo range and surrounding the Pecos Wilderness, Santa Fe is renown as a center of arts and culture, much of it influenced by the rich and living history of diverse Indigenous peoples. New Mexico is home to 22 Native American tribes including portions of the Navajo Nation, the Jicarilla and Mescalero Apache reservations, and 19 Pueblos. The eight Northern Pueblos are located within and around Santa Fe: Tesuque, Pojoaque, Nambé, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, San Juan, Picuris, and Taos.

Ornithology is also alive and well in Santa Fe. The city is headquarters to Audubon Southwest, combining leadership in National Audubon Society activities for both New Mexico and Arizona. We hope to develop at least one formal field trip to the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary, in Santa Fe. The New Mexico Ornithological Society is an active and vibrant group statewide and they will be participating in our conference as well. For mid-July in Santa Fe, the following 12 species have appeared on at least 25% of eBird checklists over the past 10 years: House Finch, Spotted Towhee, Black-chinned Hummingbird, Common Raven, Lesser Goldfinch, Mourning Dove, American Robin, Canyon Towhee, Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, and Eurasian Collared-Dove.