From Thursday, Sept. 19-Sunday, Sept. 22, the 2013 Midwest Birding Symposium (MBS) will return to Lakeside Chautauqua, where it hosted more than 1,000 attendees in 2009 and again in 2011.
“The World’s Friendliest Birding Event” promises to be bigger and better this year. The organizers of this premier birding event expect a crowd of bird watchers from around the continent to attend the Midwest Birding Symposium.
The symposium will feature programs and performances by North America’s leading bird watchers, an opportunity for birders to network with hundreds of fellow enthusiasts and a vendor area with nature products and services. Additionally, field trips to the area’s best birding locations will be offered.
The MBS is a non-profit birding event held every other year in the Midwest. Since the first symposium was held in 1989, the event has taken place in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as Ohio. Lakeside Chautauqua has hosted this birding symposium in 1997, 1999, 2009 and 2011.
The birding symposium donates the majority of its net proceeds at each event to support conservation-oriented organizations and programs. At the 2011 event, MBS made donations totaling $22,000 thanks to a matching donation from The Ohio Ornithological Society.
During the past three decades, bird watching has grown, with nearly 50 million U.S. residents taking part in this hobby. Meanwhile, the bird-watching and bird-feeding industries have soared to more than $14 billion in annual sales.
Bird Watcher’s Digest, The Ohio Ornithological Society and Lakeside Chautauqua are hosts of the 2013 Midwest Birding Symposium.