Birders Meeting

Mass Audubon Birder's Meeting

2018 Attendee 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 Center—Ballroom
Campus Center, 100 William T Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125
Driving Directions • Campus Map (PDF)

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. 

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Event Schedule

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
The Wayne Petersen Lecture: 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

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Zeiss   Rockjumper Birding Tours
Hunt's Photo & Video   Holbrook Travel
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours    

Thank You to Our Supporting Bird Clubs

Brookline Bird Club • Cape Cod Bird Club • Forbush Bird Club • Menotomy Bird Club • South Shore Bird Club

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