All of these events are offered as part of the conference, and as such, participation in them is limited to those registered for the conference. Note all times listed are US Eastern Standard Time (a handy world time converter clock has been inserted at the bottom of the page for the convenience of those in other time zones).
Black Birders: Exploring Wild Places and Confronting White Spaces in Ornithology
[See Plenaries Page for full description of this Keynote event]
NENHC Natural History Video Festival: A Visual Celebration of Nature
Date and Time: Available for viewing throughout the conference.
Description: Attention videographers, researchers, naturalists, and conservationists! — Do you have some cool footage highlighting an aspect of the amazing and beautiful natural world we are blessed to call home here in the Northeast? Well, this is a great opportunity to share and showcase your clips of interesting, inspiring, and/or entertaining behaviors, interactions, and habitats of northeastern species, as well as your edited and/or narrated, nature-focused productions intended to inform, educate, or make a statement.
In recognition of this year's conference being a joint event with WOS and AFO, the video festival is also open to submissions of ornithology-focused videos from outside the Northeast ... it would be great to include footage of birds we don't often/ever get to see around here, doing their thing in their native habitats!
Open to all NENHC registrants who want to spend an enjoyable evening celebrating nature on the big screen. Each member of the audience will be able to vote for their choices of Best of Show in each category. Promises to be great fun!
No separate pre-registration required for attending this event. For rules and guidelines on submitting videos for inclusion in the festival, click here.
Meet the Editor Panel Session: Advice and Insights into Publishing your Research
Date and Time: Saturday April 17th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Description: This event is intendend to serve as a forum to provide advice on and insights into scientific publishing and getting your natural history research published. Especially geared towards students and others early on in their careers, it will be structured as a roundtable discussion with a panel of editors from a variety of Natural History and Ornithology journals, with some initial comments and perspectives offered by the panel followed by a more extensive question and answer period to ensure that the discussion is relevant to the audience. Some possible topics to be pursued include the importance of publication, financial considerations, writing style and editorial concerns, and taking full advantage of the peer review process.
Contact: For more information, contact Desirée Narango at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date and Time: Thursday April 15th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Description: Attending a conference, either for the first time ever, or for the first time virtually can be a confusing experience. Through our Conference 101 event we will provide some guidance on how to navigate the virtual meeting, some tips and tricks for connecting with new colleagues and getting involved, and also provide space for questions that attendees to ask to help ensure their meeting is a helpful, enriching and positive experience. This event will also allow attendees to meet other newcomers, and the event leaders, so that they have some ‘friendly faces’ to reach out to throughout the meeting.
Contact: For more information, contact Auriel Fournier at email@example.com
Date and Time: Saturday April 17th from 5:35 to 7:05 pm
Description: Not sure which career path is right for you, or what opportunities may exist for professional ornithologists? Join our career panel at NENHC 2021! This early career panel is intended for any and all early career professionals, from high schoolers to post-grad. The panel typically consists of 4-6 people working within academia, as well as federal, state and non-profit professionals, who are available to answer any and all questions from the audience. Registration is recommended—those who sign up ahead of time will be given the opportunity to fill out a google form with questions and topics to discuss to help ensure this event is well tuned to the interests of those attending. Examples include: what skills/techniques to highlight in a resume, best practices for certain applications (such as USAjobs.gov), pros/cons of working for various agencies, etc. A moderator will pick out a few topics and allow time for live questions.
Contact: For more information, contact Sarah Deckel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-college Student Activities
Date and Time: Friday April 16th from 5:35 to 7:35 pm
Description: We will be organizing a social to encourage engagement and inclusion of pre-college folks (high school students or recent graduates) in NNHC 2021. We realize that conferences can be overwhelming for those who are in the earliest stages of their careers, so we want to provide a comfortable space for students and young people to engage with one another and ask questions about biology careers and programs. This social would include a discussion of navigating the online meeting format and facilitated meet and greet among attendees and end with a 30-minute long panel discussion about options for studying ornithology at the undergraduate level.
Contact: For more information, contact Auriel Fournier at email@example.com
Wilson Ornithological Society Business Meeting
Date and Time: Saturday April 17th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Description: An opportunity to engage with leadership, hear the editor’s report, learn of the 2021 research and student travel awards, elect officers, vote on other important organizational concerns, discuss issues of significance to WOS, and report on the status of the Society. Further details forthcoming to the Society membership. All WOS members are encouraged to attend.
Association of Field Ornithologists Business Meeting
Date and Time: Friday April 16th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Description: An opportunity to engage with leadership, hear the editor’s report, learn of the 2021 research and student travel awards, elect officers, vote on other important organizational concerns, discuss issues of significance to AFO, and report on the status of the Association. Further details forthcoming to the Association membership. All AFO members are encouraged to attend.
LGBTQIA+ and Allies Social
Date and Time: Saturday April 17th 12:35–2:00 pm
Organizers: Kristen Covino (she/her), Breanna Bennett (she/they), Eric Tobin (he/him), and Jerald Reb (he/him)
Description: This social is an opportunity to converse with colleagues who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, otherwise queer, and allies to this community to discuss LGBTQIA+ experiences and representation in ornithology and beyond. We will promote a welcoming atmosphere at this private event to provide opportunities for folks to meet other members of the queer community and those who support the community. We will create several opportunities to promote discussion in a safe atmosphere with small breakout groups and conversation topic suggestions. We will be hosting a trivia game (with or without prizes, tbd) to keep members engaged and promote a jovial atmosphere. Come share your experiences, ask questions, or just enjoy the company of friends.
Note: Pre-registration is required to attend this social event (if you have already registered for the conference but want to add this event to your registration, please email Chase at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: For more information or if you might be interested in assisting with this special event, contact Kristen Covino at email@example.com
Career Mentoring for College Students and Early Professionals
Date and Time: Friday April 17th 5:35–7:35 pm
Organizers: Jim Chace
Description: This event will seek to offer college students and early professionals the opportunity to sit in on small group discussion settings with experienced mentors from a wide variety of natural history related employers including government agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations, academia, and private sector consultants to get insights into different career paths.
Contact: For more information or if you might be interested in assisting with this special event, contact Jim Chace at firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference Connections Networking Session
Date and Time: Sunday April 18th 4:00–5:00 pm
Organizers: Conference staff
Description:A wide variety of themed breakout rooms will be availiable for participants to self-select to engage with other to share ideas, lay the groundwork for future collaboration, dive into deeper discussions of topics raised during conference presentations, catch up with colleagues and old friends, etc. in a live group context.
Contact: For more information or if you might be interested in assisting with this special event, contact email@example.com
Additional 2021 NENHC special events will be listed here as they are confirmed.