The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Waterbird Society was held at The Grand Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey, 4-7 November 2009 and was attended by 256 registered participants (a 46.3% increase over 2008), making it one of our largest meetings ever. Our 2007 meeting in Barcelona had 269 registrants. There were 197 abstracts submitted for the conference (a 34.7% increase over 2008), 43 of which were posters and 154 which were oral presentation. The oral presentations allowed for three full days of three concurrent sessions. Sixty-one (31.0%) of the abstracts were submitted by students, (student awards) which is nearly identical to the 31.3% from last year.