Important Information for Birders Meeting Attendees
It is with considerable excitement and pleasure that we share with you this final memo prior to the Birders Meeting coming up this Sunday.
In addition to our great lineup of speakers and vendors, we have some fantastic raffle items available this year that range from books to bird seed to gift vouchers, so we hope you will come prepared to take plenty of chances on these valuable prizes! There will also be specially designed t-shirts and canvas tote bags on sale—we are in love with this year’s design! Although we can take credit cards, we encourage you to please bring small bills for the raffles since it makes transactions much faster.
Please review the information below for details regarding directions, parking, and internet access. We also ask that you bring your own water bottle to the event to cut down on waste. We’ll have water filling stations throughout the event space.
Finally, we'd like to remind you that Daylight Savings Time starts at 2:00 am on Sunday, so be sure to spring those clocks forward. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
A Note From Our Friends at MassWildlife
Drew Vitz, Massachusetts State Ornithologist, and his MassWildlife colleague, Mike LaChance, will have a vendor table this year. They will be answering any questions attendees may have about entering rare species records in MassWildlife’s Vernal Pool & Rare Species (VPRS) portal. Bring your questions about the portal to the meeting!
How to Get There
UMass Boston—Campus Center Ballroom
→ Using a GPS? Enter This Address: Campus Center, 100 William T Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125
The Campus Center is Building 1 on the downloadable campus map (PDF). Building 1 is accessible via University Drive North. There will be Birders Meeting road signage on the campus on Sunday along with volunteers to help direct you.
Once you have entered the Campus Center, take an elevator to the third floor to reach the ballroom where the meeting is taking place. The venue will be open to attendees starting at 8:00 am, and the meeting schedule will commence at 8:45 am.
Where to Park
Visitors can park in the underground Campus Center Garage, located directly beneath the Campus Center. However, this lot is very small and likely to fill up very quickly like it did in past years. And due to continuing construction, the Beacons Lot (location 14 on the PDF map) is no longer available.
We therefore strongly recommend that you park in University Lot D (location 17 on the PDF map), which is the only other parking lot available for this event. To assist individuals who do not wish to walk the distance to the Campus Center from Lot D, two Mass Audubon vehicles (one van and one Prius) will drive continuously between the parking lot and the Campus Center from 8:00-8:45 am and again at the end of the day.
Also due to the construction this year, pedestrian access to the building will be a little different than last year. As you walk down University Drive North from Lot D, you will take a right down a pedestrian path that will lead you to the Campus Center (see Map of Pedestrian Access to Campus Center).
If you require accessible parking, we encourage you to park in the Campus Center Garage, which provides ample handicapped accessible parking as well as elevators. To access the garage, drive further down University Drive North past the JFK Library and take a right on University Drive East. Then take the next right down the driveway that leads to the garage. Again, we will have signs and volunteers to help with directions.
Potential Parking Fees
While we do not expect this to be a problem, we have been asked to notify attendees that there is a remote chance that you may have to pay $6 for parking on campus. On Sundays all lots are usually open and unstaffed, but there is no guarantee that this will be the case on March 11.
We sincerely apologize in advance for any parking inconveniences on the day of the event.
Wireless Internet Access
UMass Boston provides access to free wifi on their campus. To connect to the wireless network for visitors and guests, open your device’s wireless network connections settings and connect to the Beacons network.
The password is Welcome2UMBEvents. Note that the password is case-sensitive.
Mobile Version of Event Program
Printed copies of the day's program will be available at the event.
We also have a mobile version of the program, which can be accessed on your smartphone by clicking or scanning the QR code shown here.