Special Events

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Opening Reception
Student-Mentor Lunch
Professional Networking Social
LGBTQIA+ Reception
Meet the Editors
All-Out Ostrich Scramble
Art Reception
Storytelling Event: “On the Edge”
Quiz Bowl
Closing Event & Bird Jam


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!


Student-Mentor Lunch

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

See details on the Student Activities page.


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.


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.


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!


Art Reception

Thursday, June 27, 5:30-9 pm at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art

“Birds in Art” 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 pm at the Egan Center (Cook/Arteaga Hall)

See details on the Student Activities page.


Closing Event & Bird Jam

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!