The American Birding Expo returns to Pennsylvania Friday-Sunday, September 21-23, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks.

The world of birding, from beginning bird watchers to backyard bird feeders to world-traveling bird chasers, will be on exhibit, on the program stage and in the birding walks each morning of the expo.

Hours for the expo will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

More than 100 birding and nature tour operators from more than 30 countries will be among the expanded list of exhibitors at the expo this year. Others will be showcasing birding-friendly cars and SUVs, outdoor clothing and gear, backyard products, bird and nature clubs, birding festivals, book and app publishers, artwork and gift items, and more.

In addition to optics company booths at the expo, the best binoculars, scopes and photo gear on the market will be available for visitors to try in the expo’s indoor optics range.

Keynote presentations at the expo will be Birding Without Borders: An Epic World Big Year by Noah Strycker, 6 p.m. Friday; Outside In: Birds Through the Eyes of an Actor by Lili Taylor, 6 p.m. Saturday; and Birds of Prey, with live raptors, by Carrie Barron, 1 p.m. Sunday.

The expo will offer a full schedule of talks presented by sponsors covering such bird-watching topics as photography, international conservation efforts, skills, gardening, technology, travel, optics and more. All programs will be held in four concurrent sessions at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Here’s the schedule:

Friday 11 a.m.: Bruce Wunderlich, bird photography; Lev Frid, Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park; Catherine Hamilton, Amur Falcon-Living on the Edge; and Johnnie Kamugisha, Beyond the Big Mammals of Uganda.

Friday 1 p.m.: Robert Wilson, Digiscoping Tips & Tricks; Carlos Roberto Chavarria, Costa Rica: Conservation in a Nutshell; Steve Shunk, International Birding 101; and

Jeff Bouton, Optics for Birding.

Friday 3 p.m.: Kevin Loughlin, Watch Your Background; Doug Wechsler, Discover One Bird, Save a Thousand; Tony Croasdale, Jeff Gordon and Joanne Woods, Bird Philly! Bringing the Joy of Birding to the Heart of the City; and Clay Taylor, Super Telephoto – 1000mm and Beyond!

Saturday 11 a.m.: Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle, BirdGenie: Connecting to the Birds Around You Through Their Songs; Arturo Kirkconnell Sr. and Arturo Kirkconnell Jr, Cuba’s Zapata Peninsula: Endemic Bird Species and Key Conservation Issues; Gina Nichol, Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air; and David La Puma, CAPE aMAYzing! At the Crossroads of Migration in the Nation’s First Seaside Resort Town.

Saturday 1 p.m.: Kevin Loughlin, Light & Shadow; Mike McGrath, Birds Exterminate Insect Pests; Jason Guerard, Warblers and Birding Northwest Ohio; and Chuck Hung, Birds & Other Wildlife of Taiwan.

Saturday 3 p.m.: Laurilee Thompson, Birds and Wildlife and Rockets, Oh My; John Riutta, Binoculars Beyond Birding; Maynor Ovando, The Speciation Process in the North of Central America; and J.R. Ripley, readings from “A Birder’s Guide to Murder” and “Die, Die Birdie.”

For more information, check out the American Birding Expo website.


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