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Mass Audubon to co-host Birders Meeting at Bentley next weekend

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  February 23, 2012 02:35 PM

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Mass Audubon’s Birders Meeting, an annual statewide gathering of birding enthusiasts, nature lovers, and expert guest speakers, will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Saturday, March 3, at Bentley University in Waltham.

This year’s program, “Birds, Baleen, and 20 Years of Marine Conservation,” will be cohosted by the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, which is also marking a 20th anniversary in 2012.

Stellwagen Bank is the fishing grounds and underwater plateau extending from Provincetown to Gloucester at the Massachusetts Bay entrance, according to prepared remarks from Mass Audubon.

Wayne Peterson, director of Mass Audubon’s Important Bird Areas program, said partnerships have been key to the continued success of the Birders Meetings.

"Working this year with the Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary, which is doing such important work to protect and promote this valuable marine environment, should guarantee a memorable day for participants," Peterson said.

The late-winter conference always energizes the hundreds who participate and inspires them to spend more time connecting with nature, a central goal of Mass Audubon, New England’s largest conservation organization, the organization said.

The all-day event will feature presentations by renowned specialists in puffins, other seabirds, and shorebirds. There will also be an update on Mass Audubon’s groundbreaking State of the Birds report, and the latest information from marine mammal experts who study the whales that visit Stellwagen Bank.

Participants will also be able to spend time with birding- and nature-related vendors and displays, including optics from lead sponsor Hunt’s Photo and Video.

There will also be raffle items and silent auction offerings to benefit the Important Bird Areas program.

Registration, which includes lunch, is $63 for Mass Audubon members, and $70 for nonmembers. Walk-in registration will also be available.

To register online or to obtain more information, please visit: www.massaudubon.org/birdersmeeting.

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