Mass Audubon’s Annual Birders Meeting Set for Saturday, March 7 at Bentley University

Release Date:
February 18, 2015

LINCOLN, MA—The Birders Meeting, Mass Audubon’s annual celebration of birdlife and birding will take place Saturday, March 7, in the LaCava Center at Bentley University in Waltham.

The popular conference brings together hundreds of birders and others who care about nature to learn the latest in the field, make new birding companions—and look forward to exploring fields and forests in search of their favorite species.

This year’s theme for the daylong conference, now in its 23rd  year, is “Managing for Birds: Balancing the Needs of Wildlife and People.”

Keynote speaker Julie Zickefoose, acclaimed author, artist, naturalist and blogger, will share with participants her practical and whimsical suggestions for creating personal habitats for wildlife.

Her lunchtime talk will be bracketed by presentations by nationally recognized bird and biodiversity experts on subjects ranging from preserving habitats for vulnerable species to the rich history of birding at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

“For more than two decades, the Birders Meeting has been a popular event for those who appreciate birds and how they help connect us to the natural world,” said chief organizer Wayne Petersen, Director of Mass Audubon’s Important Bird Areas program. “And this year’s agenda and roster of expert speakers promises to be singularly informative and engaging.”

In addition to the formal presentations, there will be book signings and a vendors area where attendees can shop for scopes, binoculars and other field equipment, as well as a range of books and other nature-related gifts. Lunch will also be provided.

Through February 28, registration for Mass Audubon members is $60; $70 for nonmembers. After that date, prices are $65 for members; $75 for nonmembers. There will also be walk-in registration March 7, the day of the event.

Sponsors include Rockjumpers Birding Tours and Carl Zeiss Sports Optics.

For more information, visit www.massaudubon.org/birdersmeeting.

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Mass Audubon protects 36,500 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts’ largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state’s natural treasures for wildlife and for all people—a vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women. Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 125,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today’s and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at massaudubon.org.