Pack your bags! We’re heading to Victoria for the 2023 Biennial Meeting – the capital city of the Canadian province of British Columbia. One of the oldest cities within the Pacific Northwest, Victoria reigns supreme for quality-of-life living and beautiful blooms – during winter and early spring, crocuses, daffodils, rhododendrons, cherry and plum trees color the “City of Gardens.”

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Tuesday, April 18 – Friday, April 21, 2023
463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8V 1X3, Canada
Hotel Grand Pacific
Phone: 1-800-663-7550

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Discounted room rate at Hotel Grand Pacific ends March 20, 2023

Hotel Grand Pacific WBWG reservations
$179/night (Group Code: “APR23WesternBat”)

Late registration after April 1, 2023

Scholarship & Award Submission Extended Deadline

April 9, 2023 | Bob Berry Awards

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When | Tuesday, April 18 – Friday, April 21, 2023

Where | Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St, Victoria, BC V8V 1X3, Canada

Costs |(registration includes banquet, social, and a metal mug!)

Non-student: $230 US/$299 CAN before March 26, 2023; $270 US/$350 CAN after March 25, 2023
Student: $100 US/$130 CAN
Student presenter (must get abstract accepted first): $75 US/$97 CAN

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WBWG is a science based and science driven organization that cares for their members. For the 2023 Biennial Conference in Victoria, BC the WBWG Board encourages:

Attendees be fully vaccinated

Attendees Covid-test prior to traveling to attend the meeting

Attendees wear masks at WBWG indoor events following the current BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations regarding need for masks 

Attendees that do not feel well isolate within their room

Attendees use stickers provided by WBWG to indicate his/her/their comfort level with close proximity:
red = please keep 6’ distance,
yellow = okay with closer than 6’ but want to be cautious,
green = okay with full, proximate interaction

WBWG Conference Organizers will follow BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations regarding Covid-19 testing to ensure the safety of attendees. Conference Organizers will monitor BC Centre for Disease Control’s guidance for testing and personal protection equipment prior to the conference.

WBWG will have N95 masks available during the conference, but we encourage you to bring your own. Also, Covid antigen test kits will be on hand for those who wish to test during the conference.

Conference Theme

Bats Across Borders | Transcontinental Bat Conservation

The workshop and theme of the conference will be Bats Across Borders to take advantage of hosting our first conference in Canada and talk about international bat conservation issues. The workshop on Friday (~8am – 12pm) will be a ½ day of discussion on:

  • across-border conservation issues
  • migratory bat conservation issues
  • wind energy impacts/mitigation/issues
  • what tools and talents our membership can use to address conservation throughout much of North America
  • population/migration monitoring and data sharing
  • how can WBWG be a voice and leverage our membership to address conservation at local and broad scales
Become a Conference Sponsor

We are accepting sponsorships for the 2023 Biennial Workshop and Meeting, April 18 -21.

Your sponsorship supports WBWG’s mission of providing a forum for agencies, organizations and individuals passionate about bat research, management and conservation to learn, share, and collaborate.

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