The Hawai‘i Island Festival of Birds is excited to partner with Bird Watcher’s Digest and Redstart Birding to bring you the best in birding optics, gear, and more!
Choosing the Right Optics
Are you new to the birding world? Don’t know where to start when it comes to choosing the right equipment? Tune in to Choosing The Best Binocular For YOU!, a special HIFB Virtual session designed to help you decide what size, magnification, feel, and brand of binocular best fits your birding lifestyle, your budget, and your personal needs.
Publishing Great Birding Content For Over 40 Years.
Bird Watcher’s Digest was launched in 1978 from the Thompson Family living room in Marietta, Ohio. The Thompsons knew very little about the publishing business back then, but they did have a passion for watching birds and a commitment to serving our customers. Over the years we’ve learned a great deal about our fellow bird watchers and our goal of providing them with the world’s greatest bird magazine has never changed.
When Bill Thompson III succumbed to pancreatic cancer in March 2019, he handed over the reins to his partner in business and life, Wendy Clark. Wendy is a career communication specialist and worked alongside Bill and the BWD team for over a decade. Wendy is now the Publisher and President of Bird Watcher’s Digest, Watching Backyard Birds, Redstart Birding, and Reader Rendezvous Birding Tours. Wendy and her dream-team of 11 colleagues are proud to comprise the only female-owned optics retail company + publishing company in the world, and they work hard every day to support their subscribers, clients, partners, and global conservation efforts. They each have a passion for birding and are humbled to carry on the Thompson family legacy for years to come.
Redstart Birding is a birding optics and gear retail company founded by Bill Thompson in 2018 and is now in its third successful year! Serving both the online birding community and birding events around the United States, Redstart Birding is thriving, offering the very best service, return policies, shipping, and products for bird watchers everywhere. Redstart Birding is honored to be the official optics retailer for the 2020 Hawai‘i Island Festival of Birds, and all attendees will receive a 5% discount on purchases made from September 4th through October 19th!
The entire BWD staff would like to thank you for participating in the Hawaii Island Festival of Birds and would like to offer special thanks to the amazing event coordinators who have made it all possible!