Vancouver selected to host premier global event for bird scientists in 2018
Vancouver has been selected to host the 27th International Ornithological Congress, August 19-28 in 2018, after submitting a winning bid to the organizing society. It is considered the most prestigious event for bird scientists around the world, according to a press release.
The Congress will bring together over 2,000 bird scientists from 100 countries and will include public events and exhibitions in celebration of all-things-birds.
The Congress is expected to provide a significant economic boost as well as helping position British Columbia as an international tourism destination for birders. Bird watching is one of the fastest growing leisure activities in North America, estimated to generate billions of dollars in tourism and recreation industries.
The Vancouver proposal is in some respect a rare species of its own, enjoying unusually broad support from a number of stakeholders, including the City of Vancouver, the province, Environment Canada, local universities and an array of conservation organizations.
The hosts are "excited" about showcasing Vancouver as a green, bird-friendly city with a world-class Bird Strategy and several of the province's birding hot-spots.
The Congress has occurred every four years since its inception in 1884 when it was hosted in Vienna, Austria. Vancouver will be only the second Canadian city to host the conference, Ottawa held it in 1986.