Birders Meeting

Mass Audubon Birder's Meeting

2018 Registration

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

8:00 am–4:45 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 daylong events.

26th Annual Birders Meeting

Highlands and Islands of New England:
A Bird’s-Eye-View

at UMass Boston
Campus Centre—Ballroom
100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125-3393
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High elevation habitats—including regional “sky islands”—and low-lying coastal islands provide unique habitat for a suite of breeding, migrating, and wintering birds and exciting birding opportunities. 

The 2018 Birders Meeting will feature the ecology of these habitats and their significance to birds and birders. 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

KEYNOTE: Birds & Life by Victor Emanuel, Founder of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours

9:50 AM

A Migrant’s View of Islands: How Migrant Songbirds Benefit From Islands by Sara Morris, Canisius College

10:40 AM

Break & Vendor Shopping

11:20 AM

Presentation of Hemenway Hall Wildlife Conservation Award

11:45 AM

An Exploration of New England’s Islands: A Birder’s Perspective by Keenan Yakola, Northeast Climate Center at UMass/Amherst

12:30 AM

Mini-Presentations: Coastal Waterbird Program & Important Bird Areas Program by Mass Audubon staff members

12:45 PM

Lunch & Vendor Shopping

2:00 PM

Sky Islands of the Northeast: Landscape Icons & Bellwethers for Avian Conservation by Kent McFarland & Chris Rimmer, Vermont Center for Ecostudies

2:50 AM

Mini-Presentations: Foresters for the Birds Program & State of the Birds 2017 by Mass Audubon staff members

3:10 PM

Break & Vendor Shopping (Last Chance!)

3:45 PM

The Boreal: America’s Last Great Conservation Opportunity by Jeffrey Wells, International Boreal Conservation Campaign & Boreal Songbird Initiative

4:30 PM

Closing Remarks & 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