About The Workshop

The Waterfowl Conservation Workshop was created in 2016 by Sylvan Heights Bird Park and the International Wild Waterfowl Association. The objectives of this event are to establish a network of professionals dedicated to the future of waterfowl conservation, address current concerns across the industry, bridge gaps in communication among international organizations and communities, and provide a resource from which aviculturists can draw knowledge and information about waterfowl husbandry.

The 2018 Waterfowl Conservation Workshop consisted of two days of presentations and discussion, and one day of practical, hands-on workshops at Sylvan Heights Bird Park. WCW 2018 coincided with the 2018 International Wild Waterfowl Association Conference, which was also held in eastern North Carolina.

WCW 2020 will be held in the Netherlands, at the campus of Aeres MBO Barneveld.
More detailed information will be published as soon as possible.

WCW 2018

October 25-27, 2018

Location 2018

Speaker sessions will be held at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville, North Carolina.
115 Heart Dr.
Greenville, NC 27834

The hands-on workshop will be held at Sylvan Heights Bird Park in Scotland Neck, North Carolina.
500 Sylvan Heights Park Way
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Registration Fee 2018: $95

Registration includes a seat at all speaker sessions and the hands-on workshop, snacks and lunch for all three days, admission to the IWWA banquet dinner and auction on October 26th, transportation between Greenville, NC and Sylvan Heights Bird Park, admission to Sylvan Heights Bird Park for one day, dinner at Sylvan Heights Bird Park on October 27th, a take-home binder of the presentations, and a one-year membership to the International Wild Waterfowl Association.

Does not include travel to and from Greenville, North Carolina, accommodations, or post-conference activities.

*Please note that an online convenience fee of $7.35 will be added to each registration fee.

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Travel & Accommodations 2018

The nearest airport to the workshop is Pitt-Greenville Airport (PGV).  Participants may also opt to fly into Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) and arrange ground transportation from Raleigh to Greenville (approximately 100 miles one-way).

For those without their own transportation, a bus will be provided for the trip between Greenville, NC and Sylvan Heights Bird Park on October 27th.


Group rates for both single and double-occupancy rooms have been arranged at the following hotels in Greenville, North Carolina:

Holiday Inn Express Greenville
909 Moye Blvd
Greenville, NC 27834
Rate: $99+ tax/night (single or double)
Use Group Code “ATE” for online reservations. Reservations must be made by September 24, 2018

Residence Inn Greenville
1820 West 5th St
Greenville, NC 27834
Rate: $134+ tax/night (single) or $139+ tax/night (double)
Please call for reservations. Rooms must be reserved by October 3, 2018.

Both the Holiday In Express and the Residence Inn have shuttle buses available to transport attendees between the hotels and the event venue.

Those wishing to stay in Scotland Neck, NC (near Sylvan Heights Bird Park) can make reservations at the Scotland Neck Inn (no group rate has been arranged).  Please note that Scotland Neck, NC is approximately a 50-minute drive from Greenville, NC.

Scotland Neck Inn
308 Main Street
Scotland Neck, NC 27874

Itinerary 2018

Download Workshop Information Packet
(Updated October 19, 2018)

Presenting at the Workshop 2018

Would you like to present at the 2018 Waterfowl Conservation Workshop?  Please fill out and submit a presenter application below and we will contact you soon.

Presenter Application

Financial Assistance 2018

Thanks to our generous sponsors, financial assistance is available to help eligible attendees cover travel expenses for the 2018 Waterfowl Conservation Workshop!  To apply, please complete the application form and follow the submission instructions in the document.

Download the Waterfowl Workshop Travel Stipend Application

WCW/IWWA Post-Conference 2018

Sunday, October 28th & Monday, October 29th

Click here to register for the post-conference

Registration for the post-conference is $155 + online convenience fee

Sunday Oct 28th
Depart for North Carolina Zoo
Admission not included – Members AZA, EAZA, or Sylvan Heights admission free (bring card/id) , all others: $15.00 per person, boxed lunch included

Don and Ann Butler’s (private collection)
Cocktails and dinner at Butler’s included

Sunday night accommodation:
Inn at Clinton, Clinton NC

Monday Oct 29th
Clyde Robinson’s Avian Empire (private collection)
Lunch included

Walt and Gay Sturgeon (private collection)
Dinner at the Sturgeon’s included

Monday night accommodation:
Doubletree Inn, Rocky Mount NC

Tuesday Oct 30th
Check out and departure flights