Field Tour
Eclipse Watch Party


Conference Begins
Welcome Reception


Conference Continues
Offsite Activity


Award's Lunch
Conference Wrap-Up


Full Conference includes:
All events and programming
(does not include field tours)
One-Day Registration includes:
Tuesday Welcome Reception
Wednesday Programming
Full ConferencePrice*
Basic Program$685
Leadership Program$635
Basic Program$385
Leadership Program$335

*The pricing shown here is for early registration, which is through March 15, 2024.

Hotel Booking

Meeting Venue Information:

Venue Name: Hyatt at Olive 8

Address: 1635 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101


Hotel Room rate: $176/night plus tax and fees (currently 15.7% tax and $4 nightly Seattle Tourism Assessment Fee)

Cut-off Date: Monday, March 18, 2024, or until rooms are no longer available (whichever comes first)

To book reservations:

Parking Information:

  • Valet parking only with in/out privileges is available at the Hyatt at Olive 8. Pricing starts at $18 for first hour to $58 for overnight. 
  • For self-parking, we recommend parking at the Grand Hyatt Seattle, one block from the Hyatt at Olive 8. Pricing is $10.20 for first hour up to $37.75 for 24 hours. 


Cristina Eisenberg Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Director of Tribal Initiatives and Professor of Practice at Oregon State University in the College of Forestry

Dr. Cristina Eisenberg, a community ecologist, specializes in aspen forests and grasslands, focusing on fire, herbivore grazing, and predation effects. With a PhD from Oregon State University and an MA from Prescott College, she explores how ecological restoration with Traditional Ecological Knowledge benefits ecosystems globally. Formerly the Chief Scientist at Earthwatch Institute, she now serves on the graduate faculty at Oregon State University. Cristina is a Smithsonian Research Associate, chairs the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Working Group at the Society for Ecological Restoration, and is a Trustee at Prescott College. Her authored books include "The Carnivore Way" and "The Wolf's Tooth," and she's currently working on books about wildlife and climate change and bison repatriation.

Scott Loarie Co-Director,

Dr. Scott Loarie co-directs iNaturalist, a global citizen science platform created by the California Academy of Sciences and National Geographic Society. The iNaturalist mobile app enables both scientists and non-scientists to contribute observations of plants, animals, and fungi, forming a vast international biodiversity database. Scott has expanded iNaturalist's reach to support millions of citizen scientists. Prior to his iNaturalist role, he earned his M.S. in biological science from Stanford and a Ph.D. in environmental science and policy from Duke University.

Sean O'Brien President & CEO, NatureServe

As the leader of NatureServe, Dr. Sean T. O'Brien spearheads the protection of North America's biodiversity by curating reliable scientific data. He guides NatureServe's strategic direction and oversees the NatureServe Network of over 60 Natural Heritage Programs and Conservation Data Centres using uniform standards for data collection. With 20+ years of nonprofit sector experience, Sean also manages communications, fundraising, and operational efficiency, emphasizing the role of technology in science-based decision-making for biodiversity. Sean holds a B.A. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, and he conducted post-doctoral research at Princeton University. Before joining NatureServe, he served as Executive Vice President and COO of James Madison's Montpelier, published scientific research, and contributed to various nonprofit boards, including the Presidential Precinct.

Field Tours

Field tours are a beloved tradition of the Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference. Discover the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest through a guided tour with a local expert from the NatureServe Network. Space on the tours is limited; to sign up, select the field tour of your choice during the registration process. Field tours will take place on Monday, April 8th, before the conference begins and include travel from the hotel and lunch.

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Nisqually is a top birding spot with over 270 bird species reported. A major restoration effort started in 2009, focusing on dike removal and improving salt marsh and estuarine conditions for salmon and wildlife recovery. Diverse habitats attract birds year-round, with early April highlights like various waterfowl, migrating shorebirds, and landbirds. Expect to spot at least 50 bird species on this trip.

Location: View in Google Maps

Duration: 6-8 hours. Depart hotel at 7:15 AM, return at 3 PM.

Travel:  hour drive south of Seattle. About 2.5 hours total in the vehicle.

Site conditions: Level, well-maintained trails and boardwalk. Walking shoes/hiking boots recommended. Bring rain gear, sunscreen, water, and of course binoculars! We will attempt to have a few extra binoculars on hand. Our trip leaders will have a few spotting scopes as well.

Lunch is included.

Carbon River Rainforest (Mount Rainier National Park)

The Carbon River is located in the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park—cool, mild temperatures and copious annual precipitation support an exemplary, old-growth temperate rainforest. This tour will talk about old-growth forest ecology and conservation and will seek out rare and old growth-dependent lichens.

Location: Northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park (View in Google Maps)

Duration: 8 hours. Depart hotel at 8:45 AM, return at 4:30 PM.

Travel: hour drive. About 3.5 hours total in the vehicle.

Site conditions: Level, well-maintained trail (a portion is an old road). Walking shoes/hiking boots recommended. Bring rain gear, sunscreen, and water.

Lunch is included.

Bald Hill Natural Area Preserve

Bald Hill Natural Area Preserve conserves remarkable examples of grassland balds, oak woodlands, and wetland plant communities, along with five rare plants, two rare lichens, and two rare butterflies. During your visit, you'll have the opportunity to observe most of these rare biodiversity features at the site and engage in discussions about the necessary management actions to preserve the viability and ecological integrity of these vital components of Washington's natural heritage.

Location: Southeast of Yelm, WA (View site)

Duration: 8 hours. Depart hotel at 8:45 AM, return at 4:30 PM.

Travel: About 3 hours total in the vehicle.

Site conditions: No established trail; short bushwhack through shrubs into open oak woodlands. Walking shoes/hiking boots recommended. If we have had recent rainfall, vegetation could be wet. Bring rain gear, sunscreen, and water.

Lunch is included.

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park is Washington’s most visited state park—for good reason! In addition to having incredible scenic beauty, the park contains an incredible diversity of habitats, such as coastal dunes, rocky shorelines, mature coniferous forests, bogs, balds, rare plants and lichens, and a rare butterfly. This trip will explore many of those features as well as dive into the various management activities that park staff are implementing to address significant stressors and restoration of significant natural features.

Location: South of Anacortes, WA (View site)

Duration: 8 hours. Depart hotel at 8:45 AM, return at 4:30 PM.

Travel:  hour drive. About 3.5 hours total in the vehicle.

Lunch is included.


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