Midwest Birding Symposium 2013
By Valerie Rose Redmond
The 2013 Midwest Birding Symposium was held September 19-22, in Lakeside, Ohio. Known for its marshlands, it sits on the shores of the Lake Erie Western Basin.
Hosted by the Bird Watcher's Digest, the Lakeside Chautauqua and the Ohio Ornithological Society, the Symposium offered a host of events for eager bird enthusiasts including, but not limited to a Lake Erie Island Sunset Boat Cruise, Birders: The Central Park Effect Movie, Carbon Offset Bird Program Birders' Exchange Program, Conservation Raffle, Back To the Wild Exhibit, Kelleys Island Birding Excursion, Bird Photography Workshops, Lake Erie Pelagic Trip, Roadrunner 3K Fun Run/Walk, Young Birders' Day & Young Birders' Clubhouse, Author Book Signings, Mothing Station, Phonescoping, and The Big Sit!
Speakers at the event included, John Acorn, the writer and host of the television series "Acorn, The Nature Nut"; George Armiste, the events coordinator for the American Birding Association; Al Batt, a writer, speaker, storyteller and humorist; Jessie Barry, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; and Mark Cocker, author of best-selling books, including "Birders: Tales of a Tribe", "Birds Britannica", and "Crow Country".
Sponsors included the American Birding Association, the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Princeton University Press, Ducks Unlimited, Swarovski Optik and the MBS 2013 Cerulean Warbler Sponsor, Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
More than 750 people attended the event. "Everybody had a good time," said Bill Thompson, Editor-in-Chief of the Bird Watcher’s Digest. "We had a wide range of speakers. It really lived up to its billing of the World's Friendliest Birding Event of 2013!"
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