Birders Meeting

Mass Audubon Birder's Meeting

Since 1992, birders from around New England have come together every March to attend Mass Audubon’s annual Birders Meeting. With the help of supportive sponsors, we have successfully brought together engaging speakers from around the country, been joined by top-notch vendors, and drawn enthusiastic participants to these daylong events.  

Support the Birders Meeting!
Donate Now >


2017 Birders Meeting 

Warblers: From Soundscapes to Landscapes

Register as a Participant

Register as a Vendor

Birders Meeting 2017 Warbler tshirt design
Birders Meeting 2017 t-shirt design

2017 Birders Meeting

Sunday, March 19

8:00 am–4:00 pm

at UMass Boston
Campus Centre—Ballroom
100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125-3393
Map & Directions >

Warblers: From Soundscapes to Landscapes

The theme of the 25th Annual Birders Meeting is Warblers: From Soundscapes to Landscapes. Warblers—colorful, animated, and diverse creatures that they are—have much to teach us about the avian world.

The 2017 Birders Meeting will feature various aspects of warbler natural history, from ecology and taxonomy to song and conservation.

List of presentation abstracts and speaker bios >


For more information about the meeting, please contact Marj Rines at 781-259-2152 or


8:00 am

Registration & Light Continental Breakfast w/Coffee (provided)

9:00 AM

Welcome Address
by Gary Clayton, Mass Audubon President & Wayne Petersen, Director of Important Bird Areas

9:15 AM

How Will Climate Change Affect Warblers? A Case Study Using Black-Throated Blue Warblers
by Andrea Townsend, Hamilton College

10:00 AM

Climate Change and Birds
by Daniel Brown, Climate Change Program Coordinator

10:15 AM

Break & Vendor Shopping

11:00 AM

Managing Birds on Working Landscapes
by Jon Atwood, Director of Bird Conservation & Jeffrey Ritterson, Bird Conservation Fellow

11:15 AM

Birds, Beans, and Trees: Ecology and Conservation of Forest-Breeding Warblers
by Marja Bakermans, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Lunch (provided) & Vendor Shopping

1:15 PM

Stellwagen Bank S4 Program
by Wayne Petersen, Director of Important Bird Areas

1:30 PM

Warbler Genes: What Does Hybridization Tell Us?
by David Toews, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

2:15 PM

Break & Vendor Shopping (Last Chance!)

2:45 PM

Warbler Vocalizations: What We Know and How to Learn Them
by Tom Stephenson, co-author of The Warbler Guide

3:45 PM

Thank You & Raffle Winners Announced

Sponsorship Opportunities


Sponsor enjoy enhanced exposure through multiple Mass Audubon communication channels including:

  • Print and online member publications
  • Web and social media networking sites
  • Event-specific print and PR communications
  • Posters, table displays, and signage at the event

Proceeds provide funds for Mass Audubon's Bird Conservation Programs and support statewide bird monitoring initiatives. For more information about sponsorship please contact Karen O'Neill at 781-259-2166 or

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Zeiss   Rockjumper Birding Tours
Hunt's Photo & Video   International Expeditions
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours    

Thank You to Our Supporting Bird Clubs

Brookline Bird Club • Cape Cod Bird Club • Essex County Ornithological Club • Forbush Bird Club • Hampshire Bird Club • Menotomy Bird Club • South Shore Bird Club