Just before the MBS 2011 keynote programs on Saturday night, September 17, in Hoover Auditorium, we're going to attempt to set a world record for the most people imitating a bird call in unison. We've been approved for the attempt by the Guinness Book of World Records, and in order to make the record official, we'll have to count participants in Hoover (participation is voluntary, by the way). Bird call expert Nicole Perretta is going to help us set the record. This is going to be REALLY fun! Don't miss it!
Thanks to the generous donations from MBS sponsors Kaytee, The Scotts Company, Wingscapes, and Wild Birds Unlimited, we've set up a wonderful bird-feeding station at 202 Plum Street (corner of 2nd Street, on the eastern end of Lakeside). Stop by to see the difference that quality bird feeders and foods make in a busy feeding station. We'll be sharing some of images of the feeders and birds via the Wingscapes BirdCam on site.
Stop by the MBS Photo Booth at South Auditorium to have your image dropped into one of several exciting (and exquisitely fake) backgrounds. Make all of your friends back home jealous when they see that you discovered the ivory-billed woodpecker, got your face on the cover of Bird Watcher's Digest, or got fed by a giant songbird! We're using the Photo Booth as a way to raise money for the MBS Conservation Fund, so your donation of $5 or more for your image will be gladly accepted. Images will be uploaded after the MBS for you to download from the MBS website.
Saturday is Young Birders' Day at the Midwest Birding Symposium and events for youngsters will be going on all day at Wo-Ho-Mis, adjacent to Wesley Lodge on the Lakeside Grounds. One additional activity for bird watchers of all ages is a bird call demonstration by The Bird Call Lady, Nicole Perretta. Nicole will teach you how to imitate birds and she'll tell stories about her own adventures in calling birds. Start time is 1 pm on Saturday, September 17 on the stage in South Auditorium. Everyone is welcome!
Our friends at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge have generously offered to open up the refuge's incredible auto loop during the MBS. The refuge's self-guided Auto Tour will be open Friday September 16, Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Four of North America's most talented bird artists will have their work on display in the Hoover Auditorium lobby during the 2011 MBS. Throughout the weekend stop by to visit with artists Jim Turanchik, John Sill, Nicole Perretta, and Julie Zickefoose.
More than a dozen of our MBS travel/destination vendors will be giving brief presentations on the stage in the Rhein Center (behind South Auditorium). Topics will include the A Short History of Avitourism in North America, and destination talks on Antarctica, Bolivia, Guatemala, Australia, Africa, Argentina, Nicaragua, Madagascar, Trinidad and more! The talks will be just 20 minutes in length and will run consecutively, with a 10 minute break in between, from 12 noon to 5:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.
If you did not register for the now-sold-out trip to Kelleys Island, worry not! There's still plenty to do on Sunday at the MBS. Of course there will still be birds around to see, so feel free to head out for some bird watching. Meanwhile, back at Lakeside, from 10:00 to 11:00 am we'll be holding the closing ceremonies for the 2011 symposium. We'll start off with a slide show of images from this year's MBS. Next we'll announce the recipients of the Conservation Raffle funds. We'll also announce the dates of the 2013 MBS. After it's all over, MBS emcee Bill Thompson III plans to jump off the end of the Lakeside pier to celebrate the end of another great Midwest Birding Symposium.