CFO Convention 2024
Lamar, Colorado

Ask a Colorado birder, When is the single best weekend in the entire birding year?  Where?
Many will say, Early May, Southeastern Colorado.

CFO is holding its 2024 convention May 2–5 in Lamar, Prowers County. Legendary birding hotspots such as Two Buttes and Cottonwood Canyon will likely have a variety of eastern warblers; specialty trips to private ranches are practically guaranteed to provide some surprises; and even birding right around Lamar will be excellent. Field trips to local cultural history sites and big sits provide opportunities for those who prefer some less intense birding days.

The birding will be great, maybe epic, but there’s so much more to the CFO convention experience. A Friday evening social to catch up with friends, a keynote address by local conservation rancher and steward Dallas May, talks about new research on Colorado's birds, and more.

Registration is Closed. See you in Lamar!

Circular graphic with three Mississippi Kites, a Rock Wren, and a Northern Cardinal.


Thursday, May 2, 2024

7:00 am - 4:00 pm Pre-convention field trips
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Welcome picnic at Willow Creek Park (catering starts at 6 pm)
**see location directions below, don’t follow Google/Maps directions
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Rail Field Trip

Friday, May 3, 2024

4:45 am - 5:45 am Info Table w/ packet pick up
5:00 am - 4:00 pm Field trips (full & half day trips)
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Info Table w/ packet pick up
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Social
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Silent Auction

Saturday, May 4, 2024

4:45 am - 6:30 am Info Table w/ packet pick up
5:00 am - 12:00 pm Field trips
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Silent Auction (last chance!)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Scientific paper session
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Workshops
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm Banquet & CFO Annual Meeting

Sunday, May 5, 2024

4:45 am - 6:30 am Info Table
5:00 am - 4:00 pm Field trips (half & full day trips)

Convention Program

The convention program includes a detailed convention schedule; venue information; science session schedule and abstracts; and more. The convention program will be available in digital format only. Attendees may choose to print out the full or portions of the program as they wish. For convenience, the science program is also available as a standalone file.

Convention Logistics


Convention Hotel

The convention will be held at the newly renovated Historic Cow Palace Inn in Lamar, CO. Most convention events will occur here including the field trip departures, social, science session, silent auction, and banquet.

Historic Cow Palace Inn - 1301 N. Main Street, Lamar, CO 81052

Welcome Picnic

The Welcome Picnic will be held at Willow Creek Park in Lamar, Colorado.  We will be at the pavilion on the northern end of the park, just south of the Lamar swimming pool. There is a gravel entry at the corner of Parkview Ave and Parkway Dr.

This is NOT where most mapping apps will direct you to Willow Creek Park on Rotary Way. If you follow your app, you will end up on the wrong side of Willow Creek without access to the Welcome Picnic.

Willow Creek Park Pavilion - Corner of Parkview Ave. & Parkway Dr. (use 210 Parkway Dr for navigation)


Convention Program
Breakfasts and Lunches
Science Sessions
Banquet Menu
Shirts & Hats
Attendance & Cancellation Policy

Silent Auction Preview

Support student research and youth development while snagging yourself artwork, bird feeders, and more! The silent auction is held in the Empire Room and will be open Friday 5:30 – 7:30 pm and Saturday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Student & Youth Travel Awards

CFO offers youth and student travel scholarships to attend the CFO conventions. Find more details on how to apply. 

Registration Closed for 2024

On the Member Login page, please select "Having trouble logging in?" (under the Log In button).  You will be sent an email to the email associated with your account with directions on how to reset your password. If you don't get an email with a minute, please check your spam folder. 

You can also set up your online CFO account in this same way if you have not done so already. 

If you remain unable to access your account, please email We are a primarily volunteer-run organization so it may take us a few days to get back to you. 

Each person must register from their own account and submit a separate registration. (The only exception is the ability to buy an additional banquet ticket for another person). 

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

CFO Members

To get the membership rate, each attendee 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 are not a CFO member, simply fill out a registration form for the first person and then repeat the process again for other individuals. An account will be created for each individual. 

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). 

The field trip and workshop 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. Some field trips and workshops have an additional fee associated with them to cover trip-specific costs. 

If you would like to change something email

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" (even if you aren't a CFO member). In your portal, there is a "registered events" link.

This applies to anyone with a CFO web account (e.g. you've registered for an event), even if they aren't a CFO member. 

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