The Eastern Working Group of Partners in Flight invites you to the:
2023 EWG Confluence
January 10-12, 2023
Over the three years since the EWG was formed, it has strived to be a unifying and organizing force for bird conservation in eastern North America, especially for broad-ranging issues spanning the borders and boundaries of our existing organizations, partnerships, and jurisdictions. Our three focal teams engage multiple partners and work toward full annual cycle conservation, science delivery, and data management. Two EWG virtual meetings have been both informative and led to new initiatives. This will be a working meeting with the bulk of our time devoted to advancing the ongoing work of existing EWG teams and species-specific working groups.
We acknowledge the convenience of virtual meetings but are prioritizing the benefits and capacity of an in-person meeting to foster presence and direct engagement.
Anyone interested in “keeping common birds common and helping species at risk” is welcome to attend. This includes members of EWG focal team ,single- species working groups, and other partners interested in advancing and participating in the ongoing work of the EWG. Specific time will be focused on the following initiatives of the three focal teams: Data Management (facilitate data sharing across different platforms), Full Annual Cycle Conservation (non-breeding conservation strategies; conservation of migratory stopover habitat), and Science Delivery (reducing barriers to eastern forest management beneficial to birds, plus a new group focused on working grasslands). We hope to leave Nashville with concrete next steps for all these teams , and the energy to work toward further implementation. There will also be dedicated time for species working group members to meet, learn from each other, and explore opportunities for collaboration and effective species conservation in today’s conservation landscape.
Below are details on registration, meeting location, lodging, and the draft meeting agenda to help you with making plans for the meeting. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions about information we might have inadvertently left out, please contact the Eastern Working Group Chair, Randy Dettmers.
To register for the meeting, please visit this link to submit your information. There is no registration fee for this meeting, but we would like to have an accurate count of people planning to attend so that we can plan appropriately for seating, food, and meeting facilitation.
*Note to USFWS and other DOI employees – this meeting is considered a “conference” and you will need to submit your conference attendance request through your appropriate conference & event management system.
The meeting will be held in the event space at the Nashville Zoo (3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211). There will be time to explore the zoo during breaks and lunch times.
A block of rooms has been arranged at the Courtyard Nashville Brentwood (103 East Park Drive Brentwood, Tennessee 37027) at a group rate of $109/night for the nights of January 9-11. Please be aware that breakfast is not included in the room rate, but the hotel has an on-site restaurant and a Starbucks.
The deadline for booking rooms under this group rate is Friday, December 9, 2022.
You can make reservations under this group rate by calling the Courtyard reservations line (800.321.2211) and referencing the Partners in Flight Room Block at the Courtyard Nashville Brentwood.
Or you can book online using this link for the Partners in Flight Room Block.
Draft Meeting Agenda
A draft meeting agenda is available for viewing and download. As you will see, parts of the agenda are still under development, and we welcome additional input and ideas. If you have a particular topic or issue that you would like to propose be discussed at this meeting, or time for a specific group in conjunction with this meeting, please contact Randy Dettmers. Please keep in mind that the primary purpose of this meeting is the advance work of the EWG Focal Teams and of the Species Working Groups, and looking for those collaborative opportunities to work better together.
We are planning to have catered lunches available at the Nashville Zoo to save time from having to leave the zoo and get to and from restaurants. We will ask meeting participants to contribute to covering the expenses of the catered lunches. Please consider bringing some cash to contribute to lunch expenses. Also please indicate if you have any dietary restrictions or preferences when you complete the registration form.