Past Conventions

CFO Conventions have occurred since 1963 and are located throughout the state.


Pueblo 2022

Dates: May 19-23, 2022

Venue: Hampton Inn & Suites - North

Speaker: Michael Parr, American Bird Conservancy President

Keynote Address: Bird Conservation Across the Americas

Swallows at Lagerman Reservoir, Boulder County. Photo by Mike Patterson.

2020 & 2021

Conventions were not held in 2020 and 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Montrose 2019

Dates: June 13-17

Venue: Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Montrose, CO

Speaker: Nathan Pieplow,

Keynote Address: Birding by Ear



Longmont 2018

Dates: May 17-20

Venue: Best Western Plaza Hotel

Speaker: Scott Taylor

Keynote Address: Evolutionary Biology in birds - Black-capped Chickadee research


Steamboat Springs 2017

Dates: June 1-5

Venue: Colorado Mountain College

Speaker: Sheri Williamson

Keynote Address: Hummingbirds: Small Wonders


Lamar 2016

Dates: May 5-9

Venue: Rodeway Inn - Cow Palace

Speaker: Garth Spellman

Keynote Address: The Past, Present, and Future of Ornithology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science


Salida 2015

Dates: June 4-8

Venue: Gateway Inn & Suites

Speaker: Jeff Mitton

Keynote Address: A Naturalist's Interpretation of Interacting Species


Sterling 2014

Dates: Aug 28 - Sep 1

Venue: Ramada Inn

Speaker: Jon L. Dunn

Keynote Address: Shorebirds in Colorado: When to Expect Them, & What to Look For


Cortez 2013

Dates: May 16-19

Venue: Baymont Inn and Suites

Speaker: John Vanderpoel

Keynote Address: Full Chase Mode: Highlights of a 2011 Big Year

The tall stately form and long needles (often over 15 cm long) at least three to a leaf fascicle distinguish west slope Ponderosa (var. ponderosa) from east slope Ponderosa.

Trinidad 2012

Dates: May 17-20

Venue: A. R. Mitchell Museum & Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites

Speaker: Dr. Brian D. Linkhart

Keynote Address: Shedding Light on Climate Change Effects and Migration Patterns in Flammulated Owls

Logo with Black-billed Magpie

Grand Junction 2011

Dates: May 20-23

Venue: Doubletree Hotel

Speaker: Jeff Gordon

Keynote Address: Ten Birds That Changed Birding