|The main entrance to the Lakeside Chautauqua.|
|Many of the Lakeside businesses, like the Ohh La La Cafe, stayed open just for the MBS.|
It was great to see old friends and to meet new ones. The MBS is a great gathering point for that.
|Carlos Bethancourt from Canopy Tower Panama and Elsa Thompson, founding publisher of Bird Watcher's Digest.|
|Greg (left) and Tim outside the Birder's Marketplace.|
The speakers during the MBS were talented, engaging, and fascinating. Twenty different presenters spoke on things as varied as gull ID, moth watching, pelagic trips, nature journaling, birding in the digital age, and phone-scoping!
|MBS attendees during a morning keynote program in Hoover Auditorium.|
We had an army of volunteers helping us with the MBS. More than 100 Lakesiders volunteered to help and about another 50 kind souls from the birding community stepped in to do everything from stuffing attendee bags to guiding bird walks to driving golf-cart shuttles and helping to direct lost attendees to their proper destination.
|Lakeside volunteers at our pre-MBS luncheon.|
|Four of the gals on the Bird Watcher's Digest staff, from left: Michelle, Laura, Wendy, and Ann at the MBS closing ceremonies.|
|Everybody enjoying a #peacehug and flashing the peace sign for The International Day of Peace.|
|MBS Official Photographer Ernie Cornelius|
The next Midwest Birding Symposium will be held in Bay City, Michigan, on September 10–13, 2015. If you'd like to get your name and contact info on the pre-registration list, you can do so at www.midwestbirding.org.