FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2016
AMERICAN BIRDING EXPO WILL
SHOWCASE OPTICS IN SEPTEMBER
COLUMBUS, OH—The field has grown to 13. That’s the number of international optics manufacturers and suppliers who have agreed to bring their products to U.S. birdwatchers attending the American Birding Expo, set for Sept. 16-18 in Columbus.
“We’ve drawn exhibitors from at least 16 countries, including Australia, South Africa, Costa Rica, Portugal and Argentina,” said Wendy Clark, event organizer. “But having 13 binocular and other optics options means attendees will have a complete field of possibilities to consider.”
This year’s field includes Celestron, Eagle Optics, Kowa, Leica Sport Optics, Maven Outdoor Equipment Company, Midwest Photo Exchange, Novagrade, Opticron, Roberts Camera, Swarovski Optik, Time & Optics, Vanguard and Carl Zeiss Sports Optics.
Clark said exhibitors at the Expo show off the best birding destinations and gear, including binoculars and spotting scopes, to the American birding community. More than 2,500 bird watchers attended the first Expo, held last year. The event is free and open to the public.
“We do ask for a $5 donation at the door to support our conservation fund,” Clark said. Last year’s Expo contributed more than $8,000 to conservation activities, she said. One such program is the Young Urban Naturalists, which engages Columbus youth in nature-based activities.
Besides the optics companies, more than 20 tour companies, dozens of destinations and a variety of gear providers and artists have registered to date for the 2016 Expo. Nearly 100 exhibitors will display their products 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, 17 and 18. Additional special programs will be offered throughout each day.
The American Birding Expo is organized and hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and co-hosted by the American Birding Association, Columbus/Franklin County Metro Parks, and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. It will be held at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 Whittier St., Columbus. More information and event registration is available at www.AmericanBirdingExpo.com.
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