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See you next year!

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's event. We hope to see you at our next meeting in 2020.


Sunday, March 3, 2019
8:00 am–4:30 pm

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 full-day events. 

27th Annual Birders Meeting

The Beauty of Birds

New Location!
College of the Holy Cross—Hogan Campus Center
1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610
Driving Directions • Parking Map (PDF)

If you enjoy looking at, listening to, or learning about the aesthetics and behaviors of beautiful birds, the 2019 Birders Meeting is not to be missed!

Keynote Dr. Richard Prum, evolutionary biologist and ornithologist will draw from his Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World—And Us, as he demonstrates the realities and fallacies of beauty in birds (and people!), and how beauty may not function the way we might suppose. Additional presenters include authorities on feathers, bird song, and avian art.

Event Schedule

List of presentation abstracts & speaker bios >

8:00 am
Registration & Light Continental Breakfast w/Coffee (provided)
8:45 AM
Welcome Address 
by Gary Clayton, Mass Audubon President & Wayne Petersen, Director of Important Bird Areas
9:00 AM
The Wayne Petersen Lecture: The Evolution of Beauty
by Richard Prum, Yale University
10:05 AM
Presentation of Hemenway-Hall Wildlife Conservation Award
10:30 AM
Break & Vendor Shopping
11:15 AM
The Amazing Sounds of Birds
by Nathan Pieplow, University of Colorado-Boulder
12:00 PM
Birds & Poetry
by Susan Richmond
12:20 PM
Lunch & Vendor Shopping
1:30 PM
Fantastic Feathers: Color and Sound
by Lorna Gibson, MIT
2:20 PM
How the Beauty of Birds Inspired Conservation 
by Joan Walsh, Mass Audubon
2:40 PM
Break & Vendor Shopping (Last Chance!)
3:10 PM
Beyond Pretty: The Pervasive Influence of Bird Imagery Throughout Human History
by Chris Leahy, Mass Audubon
4:00 PM
Birds in Art
by Amy Montague, The Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon
4:15 PM
Closing Remarks & Raffle Winners Announced

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Holbrook Travel   Rockjumper Birding Tours
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours   Zeiss

Thank You to Our Supporting Bird Clubs & Organizations

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

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