The Midwest Birding Symposium 2011: Welcome!

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In addition to great birding, the Midwest Birding Symposium also 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 Birder's Marketplace. You can learn more in our Special Events and Programs/Speakers sections. The schedule of events is listed below.

Please note that scheduled events and speaker time slots are subject to change. We will communicate schedule changes through our RSS feed, and, during the MBS, via announcements and via the MBS Twitter feed. Updates will also be reflected on this page.

Golf cart shuttles will run on the Lakeside grounds from 10 a.m. — 10 p.m. Thursday
6 a.m. — 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
6 a.m. — 2 p.m. Sunday.

MBS Events Schedule

Our special events are scheduled for the days and times below. You may find more information in our special events section, or click on the hyperlinks below to learn more about a particular program or speaker.

Events: Thursday, September 15, 2011

Time Event Description
Noon - 7:00 pm Registration and Information (Hoover Auditorium)
7:15 - 9:00 pm Sunset Boat Cruise
9:30 - 11:00 pm Ghost Bird Movie (Orchestra Hall)

Programs: Friday, September 16, 2011

Time Event Description
6:30 - 10:00 am Birding Time
Special Offerings
7:00 am - 7:00 pm Registration and Information (Hoover Auditorium)
9:00 am - 10:00 am Brett Harper Presentation (Orchestra Hall)
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Birder's Marketplace (South Auditorium and five additional venues)
10:30 - 11:00 am Symposium Welcome by Bill Thompson, III (Hoover Auditorium)
11:00 - 12:00 pm Keynote Speaker Kenn & Kimberly Kaufman (Hoover Auditorium)
Noon - 2:00 pm Lunch (Wesley Lodge)
Noon - 5:30 pm Travel Talks (Rhein Center)
2:00 - 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions:
Dr. David Bird - Watching Birds Naked (Hoover Auditorium)
Diane Porter - Deep Birding Your Local Patch (Orchestra Hall)
John Robinson - Birding for Everyone (Fountain Inn/Green)
Jeffrey A. Gordon - The New ABA (Fountain Inn/Aigler)
3:15 - 4:15 pm Breakout Sessions:
Alvaro Jaramillo - Bird ID Outside the Box, Part 2 (Hoover Auditorium)
Nicole Perretta - The Bird Call Lady (Orchestra Hall)
Marie Read - Photographing Birds' Private Lives (Fountain Inn/Green)
Mark Garland - The Joys of Ecotourism (Fountain Inn/Aigler)
5:00 - 6:45 pm Dinner (Wesley Lodge)
7:00 - 9:00 pm Keynote Speakers:
Bridget Stutchbury - The Bird Detective (Hoover Auditorium)
Pete Dunne - The Old Man and the Plover (Hoover Auditorium)
9:30 - 11:00 pm Ghost Bird Movie (Orchestra Hall)

Programs: Saturday, September 17, 2011

Time Event Description
6:30 - 10:00 am Birding Time
Special Offerings
7:00 am - 7:00 pm Registration and Information (Hoover Auditorium)
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Birder's Marketplace (South Auditorium and five additional venues)
10:30 - 11:30 am Keynote Speaker Greg Miller (Hoover Auditorium)
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Author book signings (South Auditorium)
Noon - 2:00 pm Lunch (Wesley Lodge)
Noon - 5:30 pm Travel Talks (Rhein Center)
2:00 - 3:00 pm Breakout Sessions:
Jim McCormac - Birders Going Beyond Birds (Hoover Auditorium)
Louise Zemaitis - Birding By Habitat (Orchestra Hall)
Ben Lizdas - Birding Optics Q&A (Fountain Inn/Green)
Kevin J. Cook - FAQs About Birds (Fountain Inn/Aigler)
Ohio Young Birders Club - Getting the Whole Family Birding (Hotel Lakeside/Fern)
3:15 - 4:15 pm Breakout Sessions:
Connie Toops - Hummingbirds & Butterflies (Hoover Auditorium)
Michael O'Brien - Things That Go Seep in the Night (Orchestra Hall)
Keith Hansen - A Carbon-free Big Year (Fountain Inn/Green)
5:00 - 6:45 pm Dinner (Wesley Lodge)
7:00 - 9:00 pm Keynote Speakers:
Julie Zickefoose - The Bluebird Effect (Hoover Auditorium)
Al Batt - Why is That Bird Laughing? (Hoover Auditorium)
9:30 - 11:00 pm Ghost Bird Movie (Orchestra Hall)

Events: Sunday, September 18, 2011

Time Event Description
10:00 am Farewell Remarks (Hoover Auditorium)
All day Kelleys Island Birding Excursion