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2011 CFO ANNUAL CONVENTION

The CFO 2011 Annual Convention Was Held in Grand Junction, Colorado May 21 - May 23, 2011 at the Doubletree Hotel

Read  A Childs View of the Convention  by Hannah Floyd
Tom Wilberding's convention slideshow
Convention Highlights
Convention Papers Schedule
Convention Bird List

The 2011 annual conference was based out of Grand Junction, in the heart of Colorado's outrageously scenic West Slope country. Our base of operations was the Doubletree Hotel-Grand Junction. This location is perfect for birders, as it puts us within just a few miles of everything from great lowland riparian habitat to rugged mesa country. The keynote speaker at our evening banquet was Jeff Gordon, President of the American Birding Association. Jeff's keynote address, "Ten Birds that Changed Birding" introduced us to ten birds - from the Ross's Gull in Newburyport to the Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Arkansas - that left their mark on field ornithology as sport and science.

As usual, there was an evening bird identification panel. But it was a bit different this year. Instead of the old "Stump the Chumps" program, this year's offering was a group activity. Everybody in attendance will participate in the "2011 Bird ID Team Challenge". If you like pub night-style quizzes, you would have loved this one. Think of it as group therapy for birders. The event provided high hilarity and no small amount of learning.

At our banquet, there were awards, announcements, and a brief members' meeting. Throughout the meeting, vendors were present, birding organizations, optics companies, and so forth. The Saturday afternoon paper session, featured presentations by well-known Colorado field ornithologists. Best of all, there was constant opportunities for interaction with so many members of Colorado's vibrant birding community. And last, but certainly not least...Field Trips. These were the highlights for most attendees, and this year's field trips were brilliant!

2011 Convention Highlights

Convention Paper Session Schedule - Saturday May 21

Convention Bird List

This is a list of species seen by participants in the 2011 Colorado Field Ornithologists (CFO) convention, held 20–23 May 2011 in Grand Junction. This list consists of three parts. The first part is the main list of expected species (n=180) recorded by CFO convention attendees in Mesa, Delta, and Garfield counties; the second part is the list of write-ins (n=20), the sundry "good birds" found by the great birders who attended the convention; and the third part is the list of species (n=9) found by folks on the "departure trips," those long birding road trips from Grand Junction back home to Denver or wherever.

CFO thanks all our wonderful field trip leaders and participants for a memorable convention!

Main list of expected species (n=180) recorded by CFO convention attendees on regularly scheduled field trips in Mesa, Delta, and Garfield counties.

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Duck
  3. Gadwall
  4. American Wigeon
  5. Mallard
  6. Blue-winged Teal
  7. Cinnamon Teal
  8. Northern Shoveler
  9. Green-winged Teal
  10. Redhead
  11. Ring-necked Duck
  12. Lesser Scaup
  13. Common Merganser
  14. Ruddy Duck
  15. Gambel's Quail
  16. Chukar
  17. Ring-necked Pheasant
  18. Wild Turkey
  19. Pied-billed Grebe
  20. Eared Grebe
  21. Western Grebe
  22. Clark's Grebe
  23. Double-crested Cormorant
  24. American White Pelican
  25. Great Blue Heron
  26. Great Egret
  27. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  28. White-faced Ibis
  29. Turkey Vulture
  30. Osprey
  31. Bald Eagle
  32. Northern Harrier
  33. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  34. Cooper's Hawk
  35. Swainson's Hawk
  36. Red-tailed Hawk
  37. Golden Eagle
  38. American Kestrel
  39. Peregrine Falcon
  40. Prairie Falcon
  41. Virginia Rail
  42. Sora
  43. American Coot
  44. Sandhill Crane
  45. Semipalmated Plover
  46. Great Northern Killdeer
  47. American Avocet
  48. Spotted Sandpiper
  49. Willet
  50. Semipalmated Sandpiper
  51. Western Sandpiper
  52. Least Sandpiper
  53. Long-billed Dowitcher
  54. Wilson's Snipe
  55. Wilson's Phalarope
  56. Red-necked Phalarope
  57. Bonaparte's Gull
  58. Franklin's Gull
  59. Ring-billed Gull
  60. California Gull
  61. Forster's Tern
  62. Rock Pigeon
  63. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  64. Morning Dove
  65. Flammulated Owl
  66. Western Screech-Owl
  67. Great Horned Owl
  68. Boreal Owl
  69. Northern Saw-whet Owl
  70. Common Nighthawk
  71. White-throated Swift
  72. Black-chinned Hummingbird
  73. Broad-tailed Hummingbird
  74. Belted Kingfisher
  75. Lewis's Woodpecker
  76. Red-naped Sapsucker
  77. Downy Woodpecker
  78. Hairy Woodpecker
  79. Red-shafted Flicker
  80. Olive-sided Flycatcher
  81. Western Wood-Pewee
  82. Willow Flycatcher
  83. Hammond's Flycatcher
  84. Gray Flycatcher
  85. Dusky Flycatcher
  86. Cordilleran Flycatcher
  87. Black Phoebe
  88. Say's Phoebe
  89. Ash-throated Flycatcher
  90. Western Kingbird
  91. Loggerhead Shrike
  92. Gray Vireo
  93. Plumbeous Vireo
  94. Warbling Vireo
  95. Gray Jay
  96. Pinyon Jay
  97. Steller's Jay
  98. Western Scrub-Jay
  99. Clark's Nutcracker
  100. Black-billed Magpie
  101. American Crow
  102. Common Raven
  103. Horned Lark
  104. Purple Martin
  105. Tree Swallow
  106. Violet-green Swallow
  107. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  108. Bank Swallow
  109. Barn Swallow
  110. Cliff Swallow
  111. Black-capped Chickadee
  112. Mountain Chickadee
  113. Juniper Titmouse
  114. Bushtit
  115. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  116. White-breasted Nuthatch
  117. Rock Wren
  118. Canyon Wren
  119. Bewick's Wren
  120. House Wren
  121. Marsh Wren
  122. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  123. American Dipper
  124. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  125. Western Bluebird
  126. Mountain Bluebird
  127. Townsend's Solitaire
  128. Swainson's Thrush
  129. Hermit Thrush
  130. American Robin
  131. Gray Catbird
  132. Northern Mockingbird
  133. Sage Thrasher
  134. European Starling
  135. American Pipit
  136. Cedar Waxwing
  137. Orange-crowned Warbler
  138. Virginia's Warbler
  139. Yellow Warbler
  140. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  141. Black-throated Gray Warbler
  142. Common Yellowthroat
  143. MacGillivray's Warbler
  144. Wilson's Warbler
  145. Yellow-breasted Chat
  146. Green-tailed Towhee
  147. Spotted Towhee
  148. Chipping Sparrow
  149. Brewer's Sparrow
  150. Vesper Sparrow
  151. Lark Sparrow
  152. Black-throated Sparrow
  153. Sage Sparrow
  154. Savannah Sparrow
  155. Slate-colored Fox Sparrow
  156. Song Sparrow
  157. Lincoln's Sparrow
  158. White-crowned Sparrow
  159. Gray-headed Junco
  160. Western Tanager
  161. Black-headed Grosbeak
  162. Blue Grosbeak
  163. Lazuli Bunting
  164. Red-winged Blackbird
  165. Western Meadowlark
  166. Yellow-headed Blackbird
  167. Brewer's Blackbird
  168. Common Grackle
  169. Great-tailed Grackle
  170. Brown-headed Cowbird
  171. Bullock's Oriole
  172. Scott's Oriole
  173. Pine Grosbeak
  174. Cassin's Finch
  175. House Finch
  176. Pine Siskin
  177. Lesser Goldfinch
  178. American Goldfinch
  179. Evening Grosbeak
  180. House Sparrow
  181. Write-in species (n=20) recorded by CFO convention attendees during the convention proper

  182. Northern Pintail
  183. Dusky Grouse
  184. American Bittern
  185. Northern Goshawk
  186. Snowy Egret
  187. Black-necked Stilt
  188. Snowy Plover
  189. Caspian Tern
  190. Burrowing Owl
  191. Long-eared Owl
  192. Cassin's Kingbird
  193. Eastern Kingbird
  194. Indigo Bunting
  195. Townsend's Warbler
  196. Tennessee Warbler
  197. American Redstart
  198. Worm-eating Warbler
  199. Black-chinned Sparrow
  200. Lark Bunting
  201. Bobolink
  202. Sundry species (n=9) recorded by CFO convention during the "Departure Trips" back to Denver or wherever

  203. Greater Sage-Grouse
  204. Band-tailed Pigeon
  205. Pygmy Nuthatch
  206. Rufous-collared Sparrow
  207. Summer Tanager
  208. Red Crossbill
  209. White-winged Crossbill
  210. Brown-capped Rosy-Finch
  211. Black Rosy-Finch

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