The Midwest Birding Symposium 2011: Welcome!

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Daily Schedule

The Midwest Birding Symposium features fun events, entertaining keynote speakers, a book signing session with authors of notable birding books, and an opportunity to purchase birding essentials at the Bird Watcher's Market. Please note that scheduled events and speaker time slots are subject to change. We will communicate schedule changes through our RSS feed. Updates will also be reflected on the daily schedule page.

Check the current schedule »

When You Arrive at the MBS

Upon arrival at Lakeside, please come to the Hoover Auditorium lobby to check-in, pick up your MBS name tag and goody bag, and to get additional information about the weekend's events, birding sites, latest bird sightings, and much more.

Programs and Speakers

The Midwest Birding Symposium features an outstanding list of speakers and workshops. Check this page for bios, anticipated symposium topics, and a description of each program.

Read up on MBS 2011 speakers »

Special Activities

In addition to the great programs, awesome birding locations, fabulous shopping in the Birder's Marketplace, and fellowship with hundreds of other bird watchers, the Midwest Birding Symposium will also be offering a variety of special events and offerings. Watch this page for updates as our plans for the 2011 MBS continue to evolve!

See what events we've planned »

Birding Sites

Lakeside, Ohio, is located along the shoreline in the center of the Lake Erie Western Basin. The entire area of marshlands and shoreline is designated an Important Bird Area (IBA). The MBS schedule will take full advantage of the fall migration season, which always brings avian surprises to the surrounding areas.

Get directions, maps, and more »

Birder's Marketplace

The MBS will be a great opportunity to upgrade your optics, feeders, and birding apparel; learn about travel opportunities and new birding tools; and to discover great books, gift items, and much more! We are pleased to announce we have more than 40 vendors in 3 locations to meet all your birding needs.

See a complete list of vendors »