Expo Registration Invitation


Exhibitor and sponsor registration is NOW OPEN on our Expo website!
The American Birding Expo is a retail-sales-oriented showcase of products for birders and nature enthusiasts. Exhibitors from around the world, representing all aspects of the birding and nature market, come to the Expo to present and promote their products, goods, and services. The Expo is the largest and most diverse shopping experience available to bird watchers in North America. The Expo is free and open to the public, although there is a suggested $5 donation at the door which goes directly to the Expo conservation fund.

Last year’s Expo attracted more than 2,500 attendees and 85 unique exhibitors from more than 40 countries around the world! Our exhibitors featured optics, bird feeders and food, outdoor gear, birding destinations, visitors’ bureaus, tours, books, apps, media, clothing, festivals and events, photography equipment, clubs and organizations, bird houses and baths, gift items, and artwork.

But don’t take our word for it. Here are some quotes from our exhibitor survey:

  • “The Expo far exceeded my expectations in terms of traffic and sales! This is truly the start of something great!”
  • “We had three excellent days at the Expo— having a great time, meeting a lot of people, making new friends and business connections. Everything was perfect! See you in 2016.”
  • “Great job on the inaugural Expo. I expect it to double in attendance in 2016, just on word of mouth alone.”
  • “Wow! Just wow! This event is a dream come true for our company. It reaches the birding market in a new way!”

Watch this short video to get a taste of last year’s Expo!

The second annual American Birding Expo will take place September 16–18, 2016, at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center/Scioto Audubon Metro Park in Columbus, Ohio. The host for the 2016 Expo is Bird Watcher’s Digest, along with our host partners, the American Birding Association, Franklin County Metro Parks, and the Grange Insurance Audubon Center.

Last year’s Expo SOLD OUT of exhibitor space! Although we are expanding our space this year, we expect the 2016 Expo to sell out as well.

Exhibitor booth prices range from $500 to $1,900 depending on location and size. You can view all pricing information on our exhibitor registration page. All exhibitor booths include electricity, WiFi, a table, chairs, and linens.
We will begin our Expo marketing campaign in earnest later this month. Our first Expo email will go out to more than 40,000 people, inviting them to attend the 2016 American Birding Expo! If you register now, your company name, logo, and website link will be included in our January email and on the Expo website.

We have an ambitious marketing campaign scheduled this year that includes providing digital ads for you to use on your website and in your digital marketing, inviting your customers to come see you at the Expo! Register now as an Expo exhibitor and/or sponsor in order to take advantage of nearly a year of targeted, effective Expo marketing.
For more information about the American Birding Expo, please visit  the Expo website.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

 and become an exhibitor at this one-of-a-kind event!

About Us

Bird Watcher’s Digest, a bimonthly magazine for birders, was founded in Marietta, Ohio, in 1978 by Elsa and Bill Thompson, Jr. BWD also publishes Watching Backyard Birds for backyard birders. Over the decades, BWD has expanded to include other modes and channels of content creation and distribution: websites, videos, podcasts, blogs, booklets, print and e-books, birding gear, and events, most notably the Midwest Birding Symposium, BWD Reader Rendezvous, and the American Birding Expo.

Client Testimonials

Bird Watcher's Digest and the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival has enjoyed a  long-time working partnership. Both organizations experienced phenomenal growth while making the appropriate internal and external changes to compete in the world of birding and nature-based activities. The Thompson family and BWD staff are mentors who best promote your event or product. Each customer receives the same caring service whether first or long time advertisers.

Neta Harris

Celestron is proud to team with organizations like Bird Watcher’s Digest. Advertising and sponsorship efforts are integrated smoothly and our participation at their events like the recent American Birding Expo in Columbus, Ohio allow us to build our relationships with people in the outdoor enthusiast community.

Michelle Meskill

BWD has been a part of our promotional plan for several years. The team and Thompson family are wonderful partners, the readers are dedicated birders. BWD should be considered for the media plan of any brand, service or venue that needs to reach this target audience in a trusted, welcoming environment.

Bill Wilson

Our experience working with BWD is multifaceted. BWD is professional and trustworthy. We find them friendly and loyal. They know the birding business and have a strong following. Our advertising with BWD enhances our image and produces sales. BWD is a family business like ours, which we know works best with birders.

Keith Hackland

The BWD team makes things happen in a big way. Working with Bill, Dawn, Kyle, Mollee and the whole crew at the American Birding Expo was fantastic. As we've come to expect, the event flowed smoothly and seamlessly throughout. We're already looking forward to the next one!

George L. Armistead
Events Coordinator / American Birding Association

Its been fantastic working with the professional team at The Bird Watchers’ Digest and we appreciate their help in promoting us to their readership and fans.

Adam Riley

We know when the magazine lands in people’s hands because our phone rings! And it’s been that way from the first ad over a decade ago. That makes me feel old.

Geoff Heeter

Working with the BWD team has been great for our company, and we are pleased to see their magazine and online presence going from strength to strength. We are loyal fans of BWD!

Leon Marais
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