2021 OBFS Overview

2021 OBFS Annual Meeting

The University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station is excited to host the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Organization of Biological Field Stations. This meeting will be held in a hybrid format: both in-person and virtually. We look forward to sharing with all of you our Bio Station, Flathead Lake, and the other attractions of Northwest Montana.

Given the recent growth of OBFS and the increased attendance of annual meetings (both of which are great things!), the ability of our member field stations to host this meeting in-person is being challenged by capacity. Offering the meeting in a hybrid format will help with this, however, for the 2021 Annual Meeting, OBFS and the Flathead Lake Biological Station have agreed that we need to limit in-person participant numbers to 125.  Therefore we request that each field station send only 1 (or 2) in-person representatives to this meeting.  We expect this meeting to fill, but if it does not by August 1st additional participants from the same field stations may register. 

The Theme of This Year’s Meeting

The Watershed Approach: Using watersheds as a sense of place to foster collaboration amongst diverse groups in research, education, and management.

In the Flathead Watershed, a diverse range of stakeholders have been working together for decades to protect the watershed’s terrestrial and aquatic resources which surround us and connect us all.  Federal, Tribal, State and County agencies plus university scientists and educators, NGOs, Chambers of Commerce, service groups and concerned citizens working towards a common cause, use sound science and an interdisciplinary approach to inform management decisions with the goal of protecting the watershed ecosystem upon which our ecology and economy depend.  Past and present challenges include threats to water quality from nutrient pollution, large scale mining, invasive species (in particular aquatic invasive species), land use changes, and impending climate change.  These involve landscape-scale planning efforts across multiple jurisdictions including an international boundary.



Meeting Capacity (in-person): 125 participants 

  • Registrations received after the limit is reached will be added to a waitlist.
  • OBFS requests that only 1 (or 2) participants from each field station register prior to August 1st.
  • The Flathead Lake Biological Station does not have sufficient housing for all 125 meeting participants, so offsite lodging options are listed on the "Offsite Lodging" page.
  • If you are registering for this meeting and plan to bring a spouse, partner or family members, please contact us directly to discuss available options and associated costs.

Cancellation Fee: 

Cancellations received in writing prior to August 20, 2021 will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after that date will not receive a refund. 

In the event that the meeting is canceled due to COVID-19, a refund will be issued minus the 3% credit card fee that FLBS incurs.


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