COLUMBUS, OH—Only three weeks remain to preregister for the American Birding Expo, Sept. 16-18 in Columbus. Preregistering is not necessary for the free event, but invitations to special events during the Expo are extended only to those who sign up prior to Sept. 15.
“We’ll be glad to have all bird watchers at the Expo,” said Wendy Clark, event organizer. “But to get in on special events, such as Optics Night, participants have to preregister.”
Clark said exhibitors at the Expo show off the best birding destinations and gear, including optics such as binoculars, to the American birding community. More than 2,500 bird watchers attended the first Expo, held last year. The event is open to the public.
“We 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.
Thirteen 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. More than 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.
“We have exhibitors coming from 22 countries, and we expect more than 3,000 attendees,” Clark said. “It’s all free, but remember you have to preregister to get invited to special evening events.”
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.BirdingExpo.com.
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