This weekend, fervent birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts will flock to Bentley University in Waltham for Mass Audubon's Annual Birders Meeting, one of the most popular regional events for people who appreciate the winged animal.
The New England society, which has over 100,000 members, will co-host the 22nd annual event, which will take place Saturday, March 8, with the Harvard Museum of Natural History based in Cambridge.
The day-long event will include programs and presentations by nationally-known speakers, and attendees can also shop among vendors for binoculars, guide books, artwork, and other birding related items. There will also be a raffle with birding-related prizes, organizers said.
This year's theme is "Extinction is Forever: What Have We Learned?" and will focus on extinction from a variety of perspectives. Experts at the event will use the passenger pigeon, which was hunted to near-extinction in the 19th century, as an example of what can happen to a super-abundant species in a relatively short span of time, organizers said.
“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 of the Mass Audubon. “This informative and inspiring conference traditionally draws nature lovers of all backgrounds, from first-timers and occasional birders to experts in the field.”
Registration, which includes lunch, is $60 for Mass Audubon and participating Harvard museum members, or $70 for nonmembers. There will also be walk-in registration the day of the event.
For more information, visit the organization's official website.
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