Welcome: Our intent has been to create a registration form with imbedded instructions that will make it possible for most people to register without having to check the more extensive instructions below. Which means that many of you should be able to register without having to go any further with these instructions, but feel free to peruse as you see fit.
Help: Whether experienced and confident with this process or not, please feel free to press the red "Need Help With Registration? Contact Us" button to send us a message with any questions that you may have.
To Register, start at the top with the registration type, and make your way down the form, following any additional instructions that come up along the way.
Pay particular attention to the “required” information, as your registration cannot be completed without those. Most commonly overlooked at previous conventions: registration type, and T-shirt choice (which includes a “no thanks” option if you don't want one).
If your registration type includes the banquet, you will be shown an entry for the banquet; this year the banquet has only one option, so only one choice shows up – but be sure to click it anyway, because our registration form won't work properly if you don't.
For the “optional meals,” you will need to click the box to the left of each meal you want to order, at which time your specific choices for that meal will appear on the righthand side.
Field trip options (not shown/available for “Banquet Only” registrations) are “hidden” behind the five blue bars with the day and dates listed; click on the “chevron” symbol to the immediate left of the day and date to expand your view to see all the field trips scheduled for that day. (More details as to each trip are available by clicking on the appropriate “Trip Details for this Date” button on the righthand side of each bar, which produces a popup showing the details for the trips on that date; to close the details popup, click on the white “x” in the red circle in the upper righthand side of the popup). Note: most trips on Saturday are half-day only, so that people can attend the papers session in the afternoon.
Once you've finished filling out the form, take note of the instruction to carefully review all your choices and make any changes that need to be made; making changes after this point will require substantially more effort.
Once you're satisfied that your registration reflects your intentions, click the red “Create Registration and Continue” button. Clicking this button does in fact create your registration in our database, assuming there were no mistakes in the required portions of the registration form. If there are any such mistakes, you will instead be prompted to go back up the form to fix those mistakes as identified by our system, and then you will need to click the “Create Registration and Continue” button again.
Once your registration is successfully created, you will see the total price, confirmation that a registration has been created, and a summary box reflecting the features of your registration.
You will also be provided with instructions for several following actions:
(1) if satisfied with your registration, and you do not need to create an additional registration for one or more other persons, how to skip down and proceed to check-out and payment;
(2) the process for creating one or more additional registrations to be included in the same payment;
(3) how to see/review additional details of your registration;
(4) how to delete a registration before proceeding to checkout and payment; to delete a registration after checkout, you will need to contact CFO, at email@example.com;
(5) how to make changes to your registration (tip for the wise: it will take more time to change your registration at this point than it would have taken if you had carefully reviewed your choices before you created your registration . . . just sayin');
And finally, there will be instructions to (a) read and check off the liability waiver, (b) provide an (accurate!) email address where your registration confirmation should be sent (along with instructions for where to send a check, if you are paying for your registration with a check), and (c) how to checkout and pay.
With regard to payment, you have two general choices; PayPal (preferred), or check – choose by clicking on either the PayPal box (which displays credit cards, and will take you to the PayPal website) or the check box (which displays a check).
Note regarding PayPal: there are two different options for paying: (a) pay with credit card (as a guest, if you do not have a PayPal account – no account required), and (b) directly from your PayPal account (if you have one). Please note also that occasionally PayPal transactions are not successful; history suggests this is usually due to the PayPal website, rather than the CFO website, so please be patient with us if this should happen to you. We will notifiy you if your payment did not come through and then we'll go from there.
Note regarding paying by check: payment must be received by CFO within a week of your registration; waiting longer than that could result in cancellation of your registration. If you provided an accurate email address as part of your registration, you will be sent instructions as to when and where to send the check. (Or come back here to these instructions to see this: checks must be received within a week of your registration, and sent to Colorado Field Ornithologists, P.O. Box 929, Indian Hills, CO 80454.)
Thanks for registering for the CFO 2017 convention in Steamboat Springs! If you need any additional information, or later need to make changes or cancel a registration, please contact us at conventions.cobirds.org, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. See you in Steamboat!