The Frontiers in Ornithology Symposium:

an event for youth ages 13-22 and their mentors.

The primary mission of this event is to focus on ornithology, conservation science and related academic pursuits. The symposium does not focus on birding, bird identification techniques, or listing birds, but instead on cutting-edge technologies being used in avian research and study, careers in ornithology, and how to pursue that focus in higher education, vocationally, or avocationally. Our goal is to educate and inspire youth to take their passion for birds to a higher level. Join us on November 4, 2023 for keynotes, speakers, networking opportunities, workshops, and new friends!

“This symposium is an incredible opportunity to learn from the experts and leaders in ornithology and avian science.”

—Claire Wayner


Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez
© Dave Burbank

Announcing our 2023 Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Viviana Ruiz-Gutierrez

Co-Director, Center for Avian Population Studies; Leader, Conservation Science Program; Executive Director, Coastal Solutions Fellows Program; Senior Researcher, Cornell University

Dr. Ruiz-Gutierrez earned her Bachelor’s degree at the National University of Costa Rica in Tropical Biology, and her Doctorate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, with a strong focus on population biology and quantitative ecology. The focus of her research program is to work at the interface between science and application to deepen our understanding of the social and environmental factors that shape where and when species occur on a given landscape to improve decision-making and conservation.  Her research group works on developing and applying novel quantitative modeling techniques to understand how human drivers of land-use change (e.g. agriculture) affect biodiversity using birds as indicators. Her team works collaboratively with practitioners, decision-makers, industry, and local communities to design research that supports the development and implementation of strategies that reconcile biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and human well-being.

Victoria Sindlinger

Youth Keynote

Inaugural Symposium Recap

Sponsor the Symposium

Sponsorship opportunities are available! All proceeds of the symposium support The Frontiers Fund and the Frontiers Field Institute. The Frontiers Fund supports programs based on their benefit to youth through education, research, or conservation activities. The Frontiers Field Institute provides hands-on field experiences from experts in bird education, research, or conservation.


Peregrine Sponsor

Special thanks to Chemours!

Red Knot Sponsors

Meadowlark Sponsors

Purple Martin Sponsor

Young Birders Club

Thank you to our scholarship sponsors:

Coffee onsite supplied by:



For this price you’ll get:

  • Full participation in all sessions
  • Choice of attending concurrent presentations and workshops
  • Keynote and Youth Keynote presentations
  • Post-event video access of all sessions
  • Welcome bag
  • Continental breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Networking opportunities

Registration opens May 1. We anticipate this event to sell out once again, so register early to secure your spot!

Adult cost: $50

Parents and mentors may only attend the symposium if accompanied by one or more participating youths. Parents and mentors get:

  • Choice of attending select concurrent presentations
  • Speaker sessions exclusively for parents and mentors
  • Keynote and Youth Keynote presentations
  • Post-event video access of all sessions
  • Welcome bag
  • Continental breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Networking opportunities

Price increases to $75 on September 1.

A Note From the Frontiers Team

The Frontiers planning team would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped make the 2019 Frontiers in Ornithology Symposium a resounding success. The sold-out event was attended by nearly 150 youth, speakers, volunteers, and mentors, and attendees joined us from 14 states. We absolutely could not have put on such an incredible inaugural symposium without the help of our generous speakers, sponsors, and volunteers. Thank you for making this event possible, and we look forward to your continued support!

In November 2019, Bill Stewart, the driving force behind the symposium, succumbed to a long-fought battle with cancer. While his presence could never be replaced, the team is still dedicated to continuing the Frontiers in Ornithology Symposium in 2022 and beyond. This is just one of many ways that Bill’s legacy will live on.

Read a tribute to Bill here.

The Frontiers in Ornithology Association aims to educate and inspire youth to take their passion for birds to a higher level by encouraging opportunities in ornithology, conservation science, and related academic and professional pursuits.

The Frontiers in Ornithology Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.