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 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.