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Multi-Society Silent Auction 15-16 August

Kim Dohms

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Support Student Ornithologists...by supporting the NAOC-V Silent Auction!

Get ready…to bid! A multi-society mega- Silent Auction will be held 15-16 August to raise funds for student initiatives in each of the participating societies. Items donated by companies and individuals will be bid on by conference attendees – and to the highest bidder go the spoils! From jewelry to fine art to books, monographs, collectibles and historical memorabilia, we’ve got it all.


The generosity of donors and bidders will help fund students and student activities, but this meeting’s auction has a twist! Proceeds from donations will support students in the society of donor’s choice. At NAOC-V, YOU choose the society for your donation’s contribution.


Volunteers needed!

Our auction can’t happen without your help! Ideally, at least one student member and one council/society member will represent each society at the auction. Your help is needed to solicit auction items from your society members and to help at the auction during the conference. Interested in giving us a hand? Contact your society’s secretary or council to volunteer! We have some volunteers already; see the list of participating societies below for your society representatives. If you’d like to volunteer but without a specific affiliation, please contact Andrea Norris (Students: andrea.norris@alumni.ubc.ca) or Nancy Mahony (Non-students: Nancy.Mahony@ec.gc.ca).


Auction items needed!

Do you have something you think other bird-minded folks might find interesting? It might be an item or a service that someone else would love! Suggested donations include, but are certainly not limited to: books and field guides (new, used, vintage, hard-to-get, out of print, or autographed books are especially welcome), binoculars and other optics, tripods, field supplies, education materials, jewelry, services (e.g. statistics or software consulting, bird identifications), trips, jewelry, art (photos, paintings, prints), decorations, and software. All donations, big and small, are welcome! Remember that at this meeting’s auction, YOU choose the society for your donation’s contribution. Revenue from items that are not designated for a specific society will be distributed evenly across participating societies for student events and initiatives.


Live auction!

To round out our event on Thursday 16 August, Susan Elbin will compere the live auctioning of selected major items and count down to the end of the silent auction bidding. It promises to be an exciting night!


Have a donation? Have a question about the auction? Please contact Silent Auction Organizer, Kim Dohms ( kim.dohms@uleth.ca).


Participating societies (so far…):

American Ornithological Union (Student volunteer: Stephanie Wright)

Association of Field Ornithologists (Council representative: Lee Robinson)

Cooper Ornithological Society

Society of Canadian Ornithologists/Société des ornithologistes du Canada (Student volunteers: Marlene Wagner, Devin Turner; Council representative: Erica Nol)

Waterbird Society (Council representatives: Robert Elner and Susan Elbin)

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