Schedule


4/8/2024Monday

Field Tour
Eclipse Watch Party


4/9/2024Tuesday

Conference Begins
Welcome Reception


4/10/2024Wednesday

Conference Continues
Offsite Activity


4/11/2024Thursday

Award's Lunch
Conference Wrap-Up


Pricing

Full Conference includes:
All events and programming
(does not include field tours)
One-Day Registration includes:
Tuesday Welcome Reception
Wednesday Programming
Full ConferencePrice*
Non-Network$800
Basic Program$685
Leadership Program$635
One-Day
Non-Network$450
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: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/SEAHS/G-NBWB

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. 

Share Your Work

Network Opportunities

The following opportunities are for Network Programs in the US and Canada to participate in the conference without giving a presentation. You do not have to attend the conference to submit a recording. 

Notes from the Field

We want to hear what’s going on in your area! What great things did you find during the last field season? All topics of interest to biodiversity conservation from the NatureServe Network and their partners will be considered.

Parameters: 

  • Presentations must be pre-recorded 
  • 3 minutes maximum 
  • Formats accepted: Recorded PowerPoint, MP4 video, or YouTube video

Submit your videos via the link below. All submissions must be completed by February 16, 2024. If you have trouble with the link, please email [email protected].

Submit Your Presentation


Network Program Highlight Videos

For the third conference in a row, we will showcase Network Program Highlight Videos. If you want to be included, please submit your video in one of the formats below.

Parameters:  

  • To record over Zoom, follow these instructions (also suggested: enable HD recording)
  • To record on your phone, please record in landscape (phone on its side, rather than upright) at the highest possible resolution (see instructions adjusting video quality: iPhone/Samsung)
  • For both Zoom and phone recordings, we recommend wearing earbuds since they produce better audio quality
  • Try to keep your video to 1 minute so that we can feature as many videos as possible
  • Accepted video formats: .MOV, .MP4, or link to a YouTube video

Submit your videos via the link below. All submissions must be completed by February 16, 2024. If you have trouble with the link, please email [email protected].

Submit Your Video



Awards

Nominations are open for awards to be given during the Awards Ceremony on April 11, 2024. During each BWB conference, NatureServe recognizes significant achievements in conservation from the Network and our partners.


The Robert E. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award

As the architect of the NatureServe Network and one of the most effective champions for the protection of biological diversity, Bob Jenkins left behind an extraordinary conservation legacy. In addition to being a passionate and inspiring leader in the biodiversity community, Bob was a pioneer in advocating the use of data to inform evidence-based biodiversity conservation and developing science-based methodology to prioritize conservation actions.

The Robert E. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual whose career reflects the same passion and leadership in effective biodiversity conservation. Nominees are encouraged for all individuals meeting the Nomination Criteria and are not required to be in the NatureServe Network. 

Nomination Criteria:

  • Candidates should reflect the following:
  • An accomplished career devoted to the use of data to inform conservation decisions
  • Leadership in improving how NatureServe, the Network, or other conservation decision-makers use Network data and methodologies to prioritize conservation actions, inform decision-making, and/or improve Network data and methods

Nominations are due by Friday, February 23, 2024.

Submit a Nomination


The NatureServe Network Awards

NatureServe recognizes outstanding achievements by the Network during each Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference. The awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the Network’s commitment to science-based conservation through intra- and extra-network collaboration, personal integrity, respect for others, and the production of high-quality data, tools, and knowledge.

This year, NatureServe will hand out the following awards:

  • NatureServe Network Award for Leadership: recognizes an individual and/or Program that demonstrates exceptional leadership in the Network and advancing the shared mission of NatureServe and its members
  • NatureServe Network Award for Collaboration: recognizes a group of individuals and/or Programs whose work together has improved Network data or methods, supported multijurisdictional projects in the Network or otherwise increased the use of Network data for decision making
  • NatureServe Network Award for Innovation: recognizes the advancement of the application of Network data and methods into new and innovative uses by improving technology, tools or other efforts

Nominations can be for yourself/Program or another person/Program. Nominations are due by Friday, February 23, 2024.

Submit a Nomination


Speakers


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, iNaturalist.org

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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Conference Fees

  • Register for all days of the conference.

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Guest Add-on

You have the option to invite a guest traveling with you to the conference meals for an additional fee. This includes the Welcome Reception (4/9), Awards luncheon (4/11), and breakfast on Wednesday (4/10) and Thursday (4/11).



Field Tour Registration

Field tours are optional add-ons. For more information regarding what each field tour entails, click here.


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