One of the fastest growing recreational activities in the nation is birding (or bird watching—whichever term you prefer). Birds are all around us—all you need to do is look out a window or step outside. Many Americans are discovering the thrill of watching birds at the feeders in their backyards, finding birds while hiking their favorite nature trails, or even traveling the world in pursuit of new birds in faraway lands.
There is no better place to discover everything birding has to offer than the American Birding Expo, a one-stop experience that many are calling “the world of birding in one place.” Returning this autumn to southeastern Pennsylvania, the American Birding Expo is a showcase of outdoor gear, nature tours and destinations, birding-friendly vehicles, nature art and gifts, events, and organizations—more than 100 total exhibitors from all over the world—focused on connecting with the rapidly growing community of birders in North America.
In addition to the vast array of exhibitors, the American Birding Expo’s additional offerings include free morning bird walks at area parks, presentations on bird photography, gardening for birds, and hummingbirds. Evening keynote presentations feature world birding record holder Noah Strycker (Friday) and actor/birder Lili Taylor (Saturday). Sunday at the Expo is Family Day, with kids’ activities and live birds from the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove.
“Birding is the perfect hobby for everyone. It’s easy to get started. It’s a great way to make new friends,” said Bill Thompson, III, founder and director of the Expo. “And best of all, it gets you outside—which makes you healthier and happier!”
Thompson added that he is excited about attracting nature lovers and general outdoor enthusiasts to join the thousands of active birders expected to attend the Expo this year.
“The American Birding Expo is the perfect place for a new birder to become involved, and we want to make that journey as easy and rewarding as possible,” said Thompson.
The 2018 American Birding Expo will be September 21 to 23 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania, about 30 minutes northwest of downtown Philadelphia. A weekend pass is just $10 (plus a small credit card fee) and can be purchased in advance on the Expo’s website, or at the door. Information on the Expo’s hours, special programs, and bird walks can be found at birdingexpo.com.
The American Birding Expo is hosted and managed by Bird Watcher’s Digest magazine.
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