Midwest Birding Symposium will take place right here in Ohio. If you have even the slightest interest in birds - actually, even if you strongly dislike birds - you should make this scene, man. It is fun, educational, social, and fun. CLICK HERE to visit the MBS's fabulous new site with every detail about the fest.
Put on by Bird Watcher's Digest, the Ohio Ornithological Society, and the Lakeside Association, this may be the best run event of any kind in the world. Well, it's close, anyway. Come, and you'll be flabbergasted by the thought and detail that goes into the execution of the MBS.
Believe me, if you come to the Midwest Birding Symposium, you'll enjoy it. This is by no shakes a stuffy gathering of pith-helmeted geeks arguing about feather molt in subadult Blue-gray Gnatcathers. Well, OK, there may be some of those types, but they'll be greatly outnumbered by more normal folks.
Just visit the MBS WEBSITE for the complete scoop, including speakers, birding sites, the special Lake Erie cruise, lodging and everything else you can think of.
One last note. The Midwest Birding Symposium is held every other year, and after two consecutive runs in one state, it migrates to another state. This is its last run in Ohio for some time. In 2009, a record crowd of nearly 1,000 gathered at Lakeside. You can see posts that I made about that year's event HERE, HERE, and HERE. Gathering that number of like-minded people together serves lots of purposes, not the least of which is sending a strong message that there are many people who care about birds and our environment. Hunters and anglers learned long ago the power of unity and it has served conservation well. Gatherings like the MBS can only serve to bring more birders together and strengthen our collective voice.
Hope to see you at Lakeside in September!