We know all of you can't come to visit the Eagle Optics store in Middleton, Wisconsin. Therefore, we make an effort (quite a large effort) to hit the road and bring binoculars, scopes, and tripods to YOU several times a year!
That's right--for many years, Eagle Optics has had a vendor presence at birding festivals around the country. It's a time for our staff to talk with shoppers face-to-face, answer their optics questions, and provide an opportunity for folks to try before they buy. Here's what we have coming up for fall, 2015:
Midwest Birding Symposium Sept. 10-13, 2015, Bay City, Michigan
It may seem corny, but it sure is true. “Birds of a feather flock together,” and the Midwest Birding Symposium
fits the description perfectly when it comes to gathering hundreds of
friendly bird lovers. Situated along the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron, the
culturally and historically rich Bay City, Michigan serves as home base
for the MBS from September 10th-13th.
A love of birds brings a great community together and while birding hotspots
will be explored, the MBS also fosters an environment of sharing
experiences, ideas, and love of birding with morning field trips,
afternoon workshops, and evening presentations. You are certain to enjoy
learning about the historical perspective of birding from John James
Audubon, as portrayed by Brian “Fox” Ellis. For registration information, click here.
Whooping Crane Festival
Sept. 10-13, 2015, Princeton, Wisconsin
Absolutely remarkable best describes the vital work and growing success of Operation Migration as they tirelessly lead efforts to reintroduce endangered Whooping Cranes to eastern North America. The Whooping Crane Festival offers opportunities to view the Whooping Crane Class of 2015 in training sessions for migration.
Festival activities occur at different locations around Green Lake, including Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and White River Marsh.
Seminars and fun social events also fill the schedule, with a kick-off dinner featuring the award-winning author, naturalist, and photographer, Stan Tiekla, whose after-dinner talk will cover Uncommon Facts About Common Birds. Starting at 8am, Eagle Optics will be on location all day at the Princeton School on Saturday, September 12th to answer your optics questions and offer professional advice on the best binocular or spotting scope for your activities.
Sept.17-20, 2015, Rockport, Texas
Hosted by the Texas towns of Rockport and Fulton, the HummerBird Celebration not only offers plentiful viewing of Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, but possible sightings of the less common Rufous, Black-chinned, Buff-bellied, and Allen's Hummingbirds are likely. Visits to the festival Hummer Homes are available by bus or self-guided tours. You will learn valuable identification tips and watch professionals demonstrate hummingbird banding.
In addition to seeing hummingbirds, this event offers exciting birding and nature viewing. Field trips will take you to areas with plentiful coastal birding and raptor viewing. Visit a local ranch and see a variety of species from a hayride through diverse habitats. Butterfly enthusiasts will delight in the Butterfly Lady at the Flutterby Butterfly Exhibit and guided butterfly walks.
Save some time and energy to visit the Hummer/Bird vendor exhibits for nature-related products.
American Birding Expo
Oct. 2-4, Columbus, Ohio
In its inaugural year, this exciting FREE event, patterned after the famous British Birdfair, is being managed by the good folks at Bird Watcher's Digest, According to the ABE website, "Our goal is to produce an event that is commercial/sales-oriented in its design, aimed at consumers who have an interest in birds and nature, and who share our strong commitment to conservation. We have designed the Expo to emulate the same spirit and sense of community created by the wonderfully successful British Birdwatching Fair." Eagle Optics will be on hand with specialists from all the
major sport optics companies at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center. The 2015 American Birding Expo features vendors offering optics, bird feeders and food, outdoor gear, birding destinations, tours, books, apps and media, clothing, festivals and events, photography equipment, clubs and organizations, bird houses and baths, gift items, and artwork.Though this is a free event, do pre-register so you can be entered in the VIP Raffle Drawing.
Festival of the Cranes Nov. 17-22, New Mexico
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Festival goers congregate twice a day to marvel at the thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese flying out at dawn and returning at dusk.
Between the deafening vocalizations of the cranes and geese during takeoff and arrival, festival participants can take advantage of a wide array of tours, lectures, and exhibits. Of special interest are the tours to areas of the refuge not normally available to the public. Photographers can devote themselves to a three-day workshop where they engage in a multitude of training through classroom presentations and plentiful amounts of individual assistance in the field.
There is plenty to appreciate when visiting this 57,191-acre refuge that straddles the Rio Grande. Be sure you make the Festival of the Cranes a priority this year or in the future. It is a premier event you won't want to miss.
Want more? The American Birding Association (ABA) website has a great online resource: the Birding and Nature Festivals Directory. Its searchable index allows you to find a festival by date, location, or by keyword. Click here to check it out, and find birding and nature festivals in the U.S., Canada, and beyond!
Hope to see many of you at one of these fabulous events this fall! Click here for a complete list of festivals EO attends throughout the year. If you're attending one of these events and want to try a specific binocular or scope that we carry, let us know at least 2 weeks in advance so we can bring it for you. And as always, if you're passing through southern Wisconsin, stop in the store in Middleton. We'd love to meet you!
Eagle Optics Staff
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