About the Symposium: MBS 2013 Press Release

World's Friendliest Birding Event to Attract Thousands of Birders to Ohio's Lake Erie Shore

LAKESIDE, OHIO (October 31, 2012)—Mark your calendar: On September 19-22, 2013, the Midwest Birding Symposium is returning to Lakeside, Ohio, where in 2011 the event hosted more than 1,000 attendees. The 2013 event promises to be more robust than ever—organizers of this premier birding event expect a capacity crowd of bird watchers from around the continent to gather along the shores of Lake Erie.

The symposium will feature programs and performances by North America's leading bird watchers and naturalists, an opportunity for birders to network with hundreds of their fellow enthusiasts, a vendor area with nature products and services, and guided bird walks at 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, 2009, and 2011. Past speakers at the MBS have included Tony Award-winning actress Jane Alexander, National Public Radio commentator Julie Zickefoose, nationally published humorist Al Batt, and bird photography experts Marie Read and Arthur Morris.

The MBS always donates a portion of its net proceeds to support conservation-oriented organizations and programs. In 2011, MBS made donations totaling $22,000 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 now 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 2013 Midwest Birding Symposium. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available.

For more information or to register, visit midwestbirding.org or call 800-879-2473.