Special Events

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Opening Reception
AOS Meetings 101
Student-Mentor Lunch
Public Responsibility Committee Listening Session
Professional Networking Social
LGBTQIA+ Reception
All-Out Ostrich Scramble
Meet the Editors

Art Reception
Storytelling Event: “On the Edge”
Quiz Bowl
Closing Event
Short Documentary Films & Invited Speakers


Opening Reception

Tuesday, June 25, 8-10 pm at the Dena’ina Center

Following Caroline Van Hemert’s keynote lecture recounting her extraordinary trek through the wilds of Alaska, which will be open to the public, come connect with your colleagues and get ready for an exciting week of science and fun. Enjoy spectacular views of the Chugach Mountains from the outdoor terrace upstairs! Light snacks and cash bar/drink tickets. Family members are welcome!


AOS Meetings 101

Tuesday, June 25, 8-8:30 pm at the Denai’na Center

An orientation and ice-breaker session for first-time attendees will be held in room Tikahtnu D during the first 30 minutes of the opening reception. See details on the Student Activities page.


Student-Mentor Lunch

Wednesday, June 26, 12 pm at the Egan Center (Explorers Hall Foyer)

See details on the Student Activities page.


Public Responsibility Committee Listening Session

Wednesday, June 26, 12-2 pm at the Egan Center (Summit 1)

AOS is evaluating its role in a number of public activities, including helping scientists perform their research (both ethical and regulatory dimensions), advocating for conservation and environmental sustainability, and promoting our community to the public and government decision-makers. We would like to hear your thoughts on these and other areas that affect our science and our interactions with the public — join us! (More information about the topics to be discussed is available here.)


Students, Early Professionals, & Professionals Networking Social

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 pm at the Egan Center (Explorers Hall Foyer)

See details on the Student Activities page.


LGBTQIA+ Reception

Wednesday, June 26, 9-10 pm

Sponsored by Audubon Alaska, this year’s LGBTQIA+ reception will be held at local restaurant Ginger and will feature light appetizers and a no-host bar.


All-Out Ostrich Scramble

Thursday, June 27, 6:30-7:30 am

Come join us on our annual 5K run, which will be held on the spectacular Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, following an out-and-back course along the shore of Cook Inlet. The run will coincide with a falling tide, so the birding should be good! The start and finish area will center on Elderberry Park, a short walk from both the Anchorage Hilton and the Egan Convention Center. Ostrich eggs will be awarded to the top finishers, so start your interval sessions now!


Meet the Editors

Thursday, June 27, 12:15-1:45pm, Egan Center Summit Hall

Grab a free slice of pizza and meet the editors of AOS’s scholarly journals: Phil Stouffer (outgoing Editor-in-Chief of The Condor), Catherine Lindell (incoming Editor-in-Chief of The Condor), Scott Sillett (Editor-in-Chief of The Auk), and Mark Penrose (Managing Editor). Students and those without extensive publishing experience will benefit most from this low-key event, where we will answer questions and talk about the process of publishing with AOS journals.


Art Reception

Thursday, June 27, 5:30-7:30 pm at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art

“Birds on the Edge: Dynamic Boundaries” is an invitational art exhibit that will be open to the public during the month of June (7-29th). On Thursday evening, the gallery is hosting a special reception for AOS attendees, who are invited to come enjoy these works of art after hours. Light refreshments will be served.


Storytelling Event: “On the Edge”

Thursday, June 27, 5:30-7 pm at 49th State Brewing

We have partnered with Arctic Entries of Anchorage to organize a night of storytelling to be held in the theatre of 49th State Brewing! Enjoy locally crafted beers and foods while listening to your colleagues tell true stories of their experiences in ornithology. This event will be open to the public (with no cover charge), so bring your spouses, partners, children, and friends you meet on the street!

We will have five featured storytellers for the event followed by a “stand-up” session for any impromptu stories anyone in the audience would like to share. Leading up to the event, Arctic Entries will work with storytellers on crafting their stories for the mainstage. If you would like to sign up to share your story, please get in touch with Emily Williams. Don’t miss this opportunity to reconnect with your colleagues in the ornithology community in a new and exciting way!

(For more information on what makes a good story and what to expect as a featured storyteller, see the Arctic Entries FAQ.)


Quiz Bowl

Thursday, June 27, 9-10:30 pm at the Egan Center (Cook/Arteaga Hall)

See details on the Student Activities page.


Closing Event

Friday, June 28, 6-9 pm at the Anchorage Museum

Come celebrate new and renewed connections with colleagues during a fun evening at the Anchorage Museum! Tinker in the Spark!Lab, experiment in the hands-on Discovery Center, and explore hundreds of indigenous Alaskan artifacts in the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. We’ll have food, drink, and music — the event will feature the “Inuit soul music” band Pamyua!


Birds on Dynamic Boundaries: Short Documentary Films & Invited Speakers

Monday–Sunday, June 24–30, various times
Alaska Public Lands Information Center

All week long, a series of lectures and short films will be presented at the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, open to the public as well as to conference attendees who just can’t get enough bird content in the main program! Short documentary films from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology will be shown each day at lunch (12:30–1:30 PM), with lectures on a variety of bird conservation topics at 2:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday. Download the flier with full information here.