The Midwest Birding Symposium 2011: Welcome!


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 60 vendors in 6 locations to meet all your birding needs. The following is a complete list of current vendors.

Featured Vendors


This year SWAROVSKI OPTIK is our Merlin Sponsor and will be showcasing their new CL 30mm Companion Binoculars, among other great products, at the event. Catch a sneak peak of their new CL Companion 30 in the video below and be sure to stop by the Swarovski booth to test them out!

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Leica Sport Optics

Leica Sport Optics is a Cerulean Warbler Sponsor and will be hosting the Leica Lake Watch/Big Sit! this year! In the video below, Jeff Bouton, marketing manager for Leica Sport Optics, USA, talks about the Leica Lake Watch, which will take place from the comfort of the Lakeside Pavilion all day Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th.

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Carl Zeiss Sports Optics

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics is a Ruddy Turnstone sponsor this year. In the video below, Stephen Ingraham, birding & observation product specialist, talks about a special offer for MBS attendees.

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All Things Alpaca

Visit the All Things Alpaca booth for a look at their featured product—the Alpaca Fleece-filled Bird Nesting Ball (patent pending). They also plan to sell fiber, yarn, and luxurious alpaca clothing.

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Arundale has gained fame in the birding world as the producer of the SkyCafe, a squirrel-proof bird feeder. They also produce a line of T-shirts, calendars, magnets, and other novelty items guaranteed to make you laugh.

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Cheepers! Birding on a Budget LLC

Established to provide affordable options for international birding during challenging economic times, Cheepers! strives to provide the best birding experiences at the best prices.

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Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology booth to learn how your expertise can help protect the birds you love. Dig deeper into bird lore on our websites, take online courses, and submit bird sightings to citizen science programs, such as Project FeederWatch, eBird, Celebrate Urban Birds, and NestWatch. You can be a force for nature!

Watch how you can become a force for nature >>
Visit the Cornell Lab website >>

Eagle Optics

Eagle Optics is a Northern Cardinal Sponsor and will be giving a coupon for a discount on the purchase of new optics to those who donate their old optics to the Birders' Exchange.

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Green Mountain Digital

Green Mountain Digital designs and publishes authoritative and comprehensive mobile applications that engage users with all aspects of the natural world. Learn more about their Audubon Guides collection, created in alliance with the National Audubon Society.

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Kaufman Field Guides

For the last 11 years, Kaufman Field Guides have been recognized throughout North America as the most user-friendly nature guides on the market. Although they're published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston, the series is headquartered right here in northwest Ohio, where editor Kenn Kaufman is a leader of the local birding community. Come by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory booth to say hello and to check out the brand-new Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding!

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Liberty Graphics

Liberty Graphics is pleased to present our new line of bird designs by celebrated ornithologist, author, and illustrator David Sibley.

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Minox binoculars guarantee detailed viewing. They combine the classic Minox values of highest optical performance and mechanical precision in a compact design. Stop by their booth at the MBS to test out their optics and learn more about their products!

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Princeton University Press &
the Crossley ID Guide

This stunningly illustrated book from acclaimed birder and photographer Richard Crossley revolutionizes field guide design by providing the first real-life approach to identification. Whether you are a beginner, expert, or anywhere in between, The Crossley ID Guide will vastly improve your ability to identify birds.

Listen to Richard Crossley's tips on birding >>
Read more about the Crossley ID Guide >>

Tropical Birding

Tropical Birding has become a well-known house hold name among Ohio birders. Not only have we shared together the thrills and joys of three consecutive migration seasons at Ottawa and Magee Marsh, we have been subsequently blessed and thrilled to welcome many of you on our worldly birding and photographic tours. We are very excited to be back in Ohio and look forward to catch up with all of you at MBS. We bring along new and exciting projects, tours and destinations that we would love to share, discuss and introduce you to. Pop round the booth and letís chat!! See you there!!

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Since 1986, Vanguard has provided bird watchers and photographers around the world with innovative, high quality binoculars, spotting scopes, tripods and monopods, ball heads, pan heads, bags, cases, and other accessories. Incredibly high standards and tremendous value have earned Vanguard products a solid reputation that spans the globe.

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Wingscapes, maker of the BirdCam 2.0, Audubon BirdCam, and Timelapse PlantCam, is a Northern Cardinal Sponsor this year. In the video below, you can check out some great photos and footage captured by the BirdCam 2.0. Be sure to stop by the Wingscapes booth to learn more about the BirdCam 2.0 as well as Wingscapes' other great products!

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Zen-Ray Optics

Zen-Ray Optics is your direct source for high quality binoculars, monocular and spotting scopes used for eagle watching, bird watching, hunting and archery.

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Additional Vendors

Birder's Marketplace Details

  • The Marketplace host: Bird Watcher's Digest
  • The dates: September 16 & 17, 2011, from 9 a.m. -†6 p.m.
  • The setting: Lakeside, the charming resort community. The Marketplace is centrally located, next to the dining area and at the "crossroads" of the speaker venues.