“If you take care of the birds, you take care of most of the big problems in the world.”

—Dr. Thomas Lovejoy


The Boston Birding Festival seeks to create transformative experiences of collective awe that strengthen public understanding and appreciation of the natural world and contribute to increased environmental justice, conservation, and sustainability.

We do this through the lens of birding. 

Powerful personal and collective experiences in nature can make nature more relevant to people’s lives. Such an experience can be the start of change, curiosity, connection, and a deepening concern about the condition of our environment.

We’re here to offer experiences like that for all kinds of birders. In the process, we hope to galvanize public support for bolder action on biodiversity protection, climate change, and environmental justice. We want to help shift the culture away from the destruction of wild places and antipathy toward science, to one of conscious conservation, sustainability, respect for nature, increased equity, and increased scientific curiosity and understanding. 

Our plan positions the Festival to serve as a platform and a place for conversation—a meeting place for birders and leaders in conservation, environmental justice, sustainability, nature access, and climate resilience to learn from each other—a place to be awed not just by birds, but also but the work and ideas of amazing people and organizations.

The Festival, we believe, can educate and excite people about a greener, more just, and more bird-friendly path forward. And that, we hope, will inspire all of us to act.