Welcome Word

Welcome to the 37th Meeting of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists!

In 2019, we look forward to welcoming you to Old Québec, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site situated on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. This will be the first solo meeting of the Society since Winnipeg, in 2013. It will be held in the comfort of the Hôtel Château Laurier, and the atmosphere will be relaxed and friendly, which will facilitate cultural and scientific exchanges. By choosing to hold the meeting in Québec City in August, we hope to have created the perfect opportunity for you to combine work and some late summer leisure.

On the work side, the theme of the meeting is "Ornithology in the era of new technologies". This is to reflect that fact that in recent years our knowledge about birds has rapidly evolved thank to innovative projects that employ new approaches and information sharing, such as eBird, the Motus initiative, bioacoustics and genomics. In addition to a stimulating program of guest speakers, oral presentations and posters covering a wide range of topics, we are organising a motivating plenary discussion on the novel research and conservation perspectives resulting from the development and use of these new technological approaches.

In terms of leisure, Québec City and the surrounding area offer a wide range of cultural, gastronomic and outdoor activities. For example, the Hôtel Château Laurier, situated beside the Plains of Abraham, is in easy walking distance of the historic fortifications and the Citadelle of Québec. You will also be less than 50 kilometers from the boreal forest, where you can observe species such as the Bicknell's Thrush and Black-backed Woodpecker, and a similar distance from the exceptional Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area.

It is therefore with great enthusiasm that we look forward to seeing you in Québec City for a stimulating professional meeting and an enriching visit.

The Organisation Committee






Activities in Québec City

UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
AUGUST 21 - SEPTEMBER 1st 2019
The cream of the crop in world mountain biking is coming to Mont-Sainte-Anne, close to Québec City. See in action today’s elite and yesterday’s pioneers and crown the ultimate downhill and cross-country champions.

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Amazon Collection Exhibition           
The Aquarium du Québec is host to a part of the Biodôme de Montréal’s collection of Amazonian fish. Take advantage of this activity to discover new residents such as Amazonian stingrays, catfish, and the infamous red piranhas.

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Curiosities of the Natual World Exhibition at Musée de la civilisation 
MAY 16th 2019 - JANUARY 5th 2020
Discover scientific expeditions that revolutionized our understanding of the natural world and following in the footsteps of explorers like Charles Darwin, James Cook, Richard Owen and Hans Sloane. An exhibition featuring more than 200 rare and mysterious objects from london's Natural history Museum collections.

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Venenum : A Poisonous World Exhibition at Musée de la civilisation 
APRIL 25th 2019 - MARCH 8th 2020
Wether narrowly targeted or widely broadcast, used as a means of defence or domination, or viewed as an environmental threat or the hope of modern medicine, poisons have always been a sourve of fear and fascination. This multidisciplinary exhibition sheds light on these anbiguous substances and presents a number of live... and venomous specimens!

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Circus show Féria by FLIP Fabrique
JULY 16th TO SEPTEMBER 1st 2019
This summer, FLIP Fabrique invites you to enter a realm where dreams become reality. With a renewed virtuosity and delightful lyricism, the troupe will present a show that will stir the heart, body and mind while depicting the indescribable, the stupefying, the secret, the essential.

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The Bordeaux Wine Festival in Québec City
This wine festival returns to Québec City to delight wine connoisseurs and neophytes alike! On the menu of this exciting event: Bordeaux wines, regional delicacies from across Québec, workshops, gourmet activities and much more.

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Important Dates

Deadline for symposium proposals
January 8, 2019

Call for papers 
February 20, 2019 

Registration starts
February 21, 2019 

Abstract submission deadline
May 5, 2019 

Paper acceptance notice
May 27, 2019 

Early bird and presenting author registration deadline
June 17, 2019

August 27-30, 2019