LAKESIDE, OHIO (April 06, 2011)Mark your calendar: On September 15-18, the 2011 Midwest Birding Symposium is returning to Lakeside, Ohio, where in 2009 we hosted nearly 1,000 attendees. The 2011 event promises to be bigger and betterorganizers of this premier birding event expect a capacity crowd of bird watchers from around the continent to converge along the shores of Lake Erie.
The symposium will feature programs and performances by North America's leading bird watchers, an opportunity for birders to network with hundreds of their fellow enthusiasts, a vendor area with nature products and services, and field trips to the area's best birding spots.
The Midwest Birding Symposium (MBS) is a non-profit birding event held every other year in the Midwest. Since the first symposium in the Chicago suburbs in 1989, the event has been held in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The symposium took place in Lakeside, Ohio, in 1997, 1999, and most recently in 2009. The MBS always donates the majority of its net proceeds to support conservation-oriented organizations and programs. In 2009, MBS made donations totaling $10,000 thanks to a matching donation from The Ohio Ornithological Society.
During the past three decades, bird watching has grown in popularity, with about 50 million United States 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 The Lakeside Association are hosts for the 2011 Midwest Birding Symposium. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available.
For more information or to register, visit midwestbirding.org or call 800-879-2473.
Bill Thompson, III
Bird Watcher's Digest