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.

Dear Frontiers Friends,

The pandemic created challenges that prevented in-person gatherings the past couple years. The next in-person symposium is in the planning stages, and we are also looking at alternative ways to connect with you before then. Please stay tuned!

Until then, we hope you are doing well and finding many birds near you.

The Frontiers in Ornithology Team

MT, Holly, Chris, Mollee

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 in November 2023 for keynotes, speakers, networking opportunities, workshops, and new friends!

Inaugural Symposium Recap

Sponsor the Symposium

Sponsorship opportunities are available! All proceeds of the symposium go into The Frontiers Fund. Participants are given one ticket to vote for one of three programs. The programs are selected by the Frontiers Team based on their benefit to youth through education, research, or conservation activities.

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

—Claire Wayner

2019 Symposium Sponsors


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.

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