Mass Audubon’s Annual Birders Meeting Set for March 8 at Bentley University

Release Date:
February 20, 2014

LINCOLN, MA—The Mass Audubon Birders Meeting, cohosted this year with the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the university’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, takes place Saturday, March 8, at Bentley University in Waltham.

Now in its 22nd year, the Birders Meeting has long been one of the most popular regional gatherings of people who appreciate birds and the habitats they depend upon, and who understand the role birdlife can play in connecting people with nature.

The daylong conference will include engaging programs and presentations by nationally respected speakers. Attendees will also be able to shop among vendors of scopes and binoculars, guide books, artwork, and other nature- and birding-related specialties and sign up for chances to win great raffle prizes.

The theme for the 2014 Meeting is Extinction is Forever: What Have We Learned? Using the iconic passenger pigeon as an example of what can happen to a super-abundant species in a relatively short span of time—the pigeon was hunted to near-extinction in the second half the 19th century, and the last captive bird died in 1914—the conference will focus on the extinction phenomenon from a variety of perspectives.

“The Birders Meeting should definitely be on the calendar of those who care about avian species and the importance of birdlife in our future world,” said Wayne Petersen Director of Mass Audubon’s Important Bird Areas Program and an event organizer. “This informative and inspiring conference traditionally draws nature lovers of all backgrounds, from first-timers and occasional birders to experts in the field.”

Sponsors include Hunt’s Photo & Video, Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, and Swarovski Optik, as well as Naturalist Journeys, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours, and Caligo Ventures.

Registration (which includes lunch) is $60 for members of Mass Audubon and the participating Harvard museums; $70 for nonmembers. There will also be walk-in registration the day of the event. For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/birdersmeeting.

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Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.