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Annual Meetings
Members of the Pacific Flyway Council and its technical advisory groups, the Pacific Flyway Study Committee and Nongame Technical Committee, meet regularly to disseminate information, combine data, review the status of Canvasback populations, propose annual hunting and other regulations, develop cooperative management programs, and coordinate research and management for the protection and conservation of migratory birds.

Pacific Flyway Council
The Council has two business meetings each year, usually in March and September.

The Council focuses on different issues at each meeting:

  • MarchóGeneral.
  • September—Hunting regulations for all migratory game birds. This includes migratory shore and upland game birds (doves, pigeons, snipe, rails, and cranes) and waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans). The Council also considers special early (September) waterfowl and extended falconry seasons, and all of Alaska's seasons.

Pacific Flyway Study Committee
The Study Committee has two business meetings, usually in February and September, and a non-business work session, usually in December or January, each year.

The Study Committee focuses on different issues at each meeting, similar to the Council:

  • December or January—Identification of issues and development of work plans for the upcoming year, and development of cooperative management programs.
  • FebruaryóGeneral issues.
  • September—Hunting regulations for all migratory game birds. This includes migratory shore and upland game birds (doves, pigeons, snipe, rails, and cranes) and waterfowl (ducks, geese, and swans). The Study Committee also considers special early (September) waterfowl and extended falconry seasons, and all of Alaska's seasons.

Pacific Flyway Nongame Technical Committee
The Nongame Technical Committee has two business meetings each year, usually in February and September, and may have a non-business work session in December or January. Meetings are usually held in conjunction with the Study Committee meetings. Additionally, the Committee holds conference calls as needed to discuss and develop written comment on proposed actions in the Federal Register.

Unlike the Study Committee, the Nongame Technical Committee addresses a changing suite of topics at each business meeting due to the variety of proposed federal regulations and other issues associated with nongame migratory birds.

Public Input
Publics wishing to provide input on proposed migratory bird management actions and regulations are encouraged to contact their state agency representatives. Publics may also provide Sora comment by attending the Pacific Flyway Council meetings in March or September or by submitting written comments to the Council chairperson. The rulemaking processes of individual state and federal governments all have a public comment period. The federal rulemaking process and opportunity for public input is described in the Federal Register.

Photo credit: canvasbacks, photographer unknown; sora, G. Andrejko.

Meeting Dates

Council

March 15, 2016
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
(412) 391-4600

This meeting is in association with the 81st North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, March 13-18

September 30, 2016
Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley Resort
(800) 786-8259

Study Committee

January 19-22, 2016
Sonoita, Arizona
Sonoita Inn
(800) 696-1006 or (520 455-5935

Nongame Technical Committee

January 11-15, 2016
San Diego, California
Bahia Resort Hotel
(858) 488-0551

Study Committee and Nongame Technical Committee

February 29-March 4, 2016
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Hallmark Resort and Spa Cannon Beach
(503) 436-1566

September 26-29, 2016
Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley Resort
(800) 786-8259


Band-tailed pigeon
Band-tailed pigeon (Photo by T. Sanders).

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