Pueblo Convention May 19-23, 2022

CFO's next convention is scheduled for May 19 - 23, 2022 in Pueblo, CO. Pueblo and the surrounding area is an amazing location for Colorado birding. The access to a variety of habitats, leads to Pueblo County having the largest county bird list of any in the state. This is one of the easiest areas in which to see most of the southeast canyon specialties, and Pueblo Reservoir, one of the largest bodies of water in the state, has attracted just about every rare waterbird you can think of. Join your fellow CFO members to explore this wonderful part of the state.


Thursday May 19 - Field trips from various origins all ending in Pueblo; Welcome Picnic (3-8 pm)

Friday May 20  - Full-day field trips, Presidents' Social at Brue's Ale House (4:30-7:30 pm)

Saturday May 21 - Full- and half-day field trips, Scientific Session (1:30-4:30 pm), Banquet (5-9pm)

Sunday May 22 - Full- and half-day field trips

Monday May 23 - Field trips starting in Pueblo and ending in locations across the state

David Suddjian on a CFO field trip. Photo by Peter Burke.

From desert scrub to riparian habitat to coniferous forests, the convention field trips take you to stunning areas surrounding Pueblo to find the best resident and migrant birds. Trips on Thursday and Monday will traverse routes to and from Pueblo. Trips on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all start and end at the convention hotel. 

Trips are included in convention registration. A few trips will have additional access fees or require participants to have a specific pass that they may need to purchase. Field trips range from short walks and birding by car to strenuous all-day hikes. Please read field trip descriptions carefully before registering. 

Field Trip Descriptions

ABC President Mike Parr. Photo by Bruce Beehler.

Join your fellow members for an evening of laughter, food, and learning. Mike Parr, President of the American Bird Conservancy, will speak on bird conservation across the Americas.

Learn about new projects CFO is undertaking and vote on the CFO Board of Director members as part of the CFO Annual Meeting.


Canyon Towhee. Photo by Diana Beatty.

CFO's Scientific Session is held Saturday afternoon from 1:30-4:30 pm at the convention hotel. Attend and learn about the latest research on Colorado's birds. 

CFO welcomes talks on topics related to Colorado avian diversity and conservation. Talks may be presented by hobbyists, students, and professionals.  Details for submitting an abstract to present during the scientific session are below in Convention Logistics. 

Important: If you want to attend the Scientific Session, be sure to sign up for a ½ day field trip on Saturday.  

Download the Science Session Schedule and Abstracts (in the Convention Program, PDF)


Hosted by current and past CFO Presidents, come relax and share the day's sightings with others on Friday evening. Enjoy the view and open air from the rooftop of Brue's Ale House in downtown Pueblo . CFO is providing appetizers and Brue's Ale House bartenders are there to fill your drink orders.

Brue's Ale House is all ages. 


It's a CFO tradition! Meet 'n' greet, great food, and usually a notable bird sighting or two. Our convention kicks off with a Thursday evening picnic at City Park, Rotary #43 Pavilion. Catch up with old friends, make new friends, watch birds, and eat yourself silly.

The picnic will be a burger, sausage, and dog buffet with vegetarian and gluten-free options.

Birding at Beckwith Ranch during a Salida convention. Photo by Diana Beatty.

Check out new optics and gear! Learn about community organizations doing outstanding work across the state and beyond. Vendor booths are located in the convention hotel meeting room along with registration, pre-ordered food pick-up, and the silent auction. Drop-in and check them out.

  • Environment for the Americas
  • Front Range Birding Company
  • Opticron USA

Silent Auction to Benefit Research & Conservation Grants

Fantastic bird art from a generous donation by John Moore and a beautiful quilt with all the state birds are part of the silent auction.  The silent auction will be in the room with the info table, food pick up, and vendors so be sure to check out these pieces that will look great in your home or office.  All proceeds go to support CFO's grants and scholarships program. These grants and scholarships fund students and professionals in their research on Colorado birds, support important conservation efforts, and help develop the next generation of avian scientists in Colorado.

Bidding can occur anytime the meeting room is open from 8pm Thursday to 5pm on Saturday.  The schedule for the meeting room will be posted on the meeting room door and included in the attendee packets.

Bidders must be present at the convention. Winners will need to pick up and pay for their items on Saturday, May 21 from 5-5:30pm or 8:45-10:00pm or Sunday, May 22 (times TBD) in the meeting room of the Hampton Inn.  Items will NOT be shipped.


Convention Logistics

Convention Hotel

The convention hotel will be at the Hampton Inn & Suites - North at 4790 Eagleridge Circle, Pueblo (near I-25 exit 102). The CFO room block at Hampton Inn has been filled. 


CFO has secured a second room block at the neighboring hotel Wingate by Wyndham Pueblo- 4711 N Elizabeth St, Pueblo, CO 81008. 


There are many other accommodation options in Pueblo. The Chamber of Commerce provides this lodging map. The convention hotel is indicated by #10 on the lodging map.

There are also numerous campgrounds in the area.

COVID-19 Precautions
Scientific Session
Banquet Meal Options
Breakfasts and Lunches
Shirts and Hats
Cancellation Policy
Attendee Packets & Convention Program



Convention registration includes admission to the Welcome Picnic, Friday evening social, CFO Annual Meeting & Banquet, the Saturday scientific session, vendor hall and field trips throughout the convention (field trip registration is first-come, first-served, some trips may fill before you register).


You will need to make your field trip, food, and shirt/hat selection when you register. Find details above or download the registration information packet (PDF). 


Note: Field trip leaders please see the email from Sue Riffe regarding registration prior to using the form linked below.

Registration fees for CFO Members


  • Entry to all convention related activities: field trips, socials, science session, and banquet.


  • Must be 18 years or younger, or enrolled in an accredited college or university.

One day convention

  • Includes all activities on day selected. Banquet ticket must be purchased seperately.

Late registration

  • All registrations after May 1, 2022. No option to purchase a banquet ticket

Registration fees for Non-Members


  • Entry to all convention related activities: field trips, socials, science session, and banquet.


  • Must be 18 years or younger, or enrolled in an accredited college or university.

One day convention

  • Includes all activities on day selected. Banquet ticket must be purchased seperately.

Late registration

  • All registrations after May 1, 2022. No option to purchase a banquet ticket.

Banquet Ticket

  • You can purchase additional banquet tickets or purchase one if your registration does not include a banquet ticket.

Registration for CFO members and non-members is now open.

Members receive a $50 discount to the convention.

Learn more about becoming a CFO member. 

As of March 1st, CFO is using a new membership/registration system and all members must activate their updated account, learn how.

On March 1, 2022 CFO moved to a new membership and event registration platform.  All existing CFO accounts were moved to this new platform but you must activate your account by creating a username and password.  Instructions on how to do this. 

If you and a household member who is also a CFO member have the same email address in your CFO account, you will be unable to set up both accounts through this process.  Please email us with the second individual's name and the desired login username and we can set up the account.  

Each person must register from their own account. If you are a CFO member, please log in to your own account to register and get the CFO discount. If you are not a CFO member and want to register at the non-member rate, you can simply fill out a registration form and an account will be created for you. 

To get the membership rate, each person must be a CFO member. CFO offers $15 household membership for any additional individuals living in the same household. Learn about household memberships. 

If you have two devices (computers, tablets, cell phones), we suggest you each login to your account on a different device and register simultaneously.  Otherwise, register and pay for one person, then log out, log into the other account and register the other person.  

Please contact us with the needed change. Depending on the change, there may be additional costs associated (e.g., if you change to a field trip with a separate fee, or add on a t-shirt). 

CFO blocked the max allowable rooms at the Hampton Inn and those rooms filled up quickly. There are hotels in the immediate vicinity with available rooms. The closest hotel is Wingate by Wyndham Pueblo. This hotel almost shares a parking lot with the Hampton Inn and is walking distance.

The field trip sign ups are part of the registration process. On the registration form you will choose from drop down menus what field trips you would like to attend on which days. Please review your registration after and ensure that you have registered for the correct field trips. If you would like to change something email info@cobirds.org

If you want to access your registration in the future you can access it by clicking on "Account" in the upper right corner of this page and then "Member Portal". In your member portal, there is a "registered events" link.

Click on "Details" next to the 2022 Pueblo Convention.

Vendor Information

Vendors at the CFO Convention will be located in the hotel meeting room where all the convention-related activities at the hotel (registration, silent auction, science session, food pick up) will occur.  This will yield high foot traffic and the opportunity to interact with the vast majority of convention attendees.

The room will be locked when the room is not staffed by CFO volunteers.

Booths are $50 each. Each booth will back up against a wall and face the interior of the room. Each vendor will be provided with a 6'x 2.5' table but may bring their own if they prefer (tables cannot be over 8ft long). Electrical outlets are available along the walls but vendors are responsible for bringing extension cords.

Vendors are responsible for complying with any applicable city, county, or state taxes on items sold at the convention.