The Midwest Birding Symposium 2011: Welcome!

MBS 2011: An Event to Remember!

What can we say other than "WOW!" The 2011 Midwest Birding Symposium was wonderfully fun and engaging, fully living up to our claim that it is "The Worlds Friendliest Birding Event!" We laughed and hugged it out with old friends, made new birding pals, wallowed in a giant cloud of bird- and nature-related presentations, attempted to set a world record, and raised more than $20,000 for bird conservation causes! But don't take our word for it (as the hosts of MBS, we're probably biased). Read what some MBS attendees and participants had to say »

Oh! And mark you calendars, people! September 19 through 22, 2013, is the date for the next Midwest Birding Symposium back at beautiful Lakeside, Ohio.

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What 2011 Attendees Said...

"I want to express my profound gratitude to the Bird Watcher's Digest family, the Ohio Ornithological Society, the community of Lakeside and all the volunteers, the speakers, the guides, all the people I got to go birding with, and anybody and everybody else that had anything to do with the Midwest Birding Symposium. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I came away a better birder, with a deeper love for birds, and for other birders."
—Robert Mortenson, 2011 attendee

The 2011 MBS featured an outstanding array of speakers, great programs, awesome birding locations, and fellowship with hundreds of other bird watchers.

MBS 2011 Keepsakes

In case you didn't have quite enough time to shop during the symposium, we wanted to offer this electronic opportunity! MBS tote bags, laptop bags, hats, water bottles, and chirpsticks are available for a limited time.

Buy MBS keepsakes in the BWD nature shop »

The Guinness World Record Attempt

On the night of Saturday, September 17, 2011, 801 people gathered inside Hoover Auditorium at Lakeside, Ohio, and performed the call of the barred owl in an attempt to set a world record for the most people doing a bird call in unison.

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Green Screen Photos

Did you pose before the green screen at the 2011 MBS? You can pick up your photos here, and check out hilarious poses of your fellow birders!

BWD Cover: Birder of the Year »
BWD Cover: The Bird Whisperer »
Ivory-billed Woodpecker Discovery »
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