What happened to Bird Watcher’s Digest?

Bird Watcher’s Digest has folded. It was owned by Pardson Inc., which shut down operations on December 24, 2021. The last printed issue was January/February 2022.

Pardson’s products and offerings included Bird Watcher’s Digest, Redstart Birding, Reader Rendezvous, American Birding Expo, and Watching Backyard Birds. It’s important to note that Pardson Inc. is completely unrelated to us.

What happened to my subscription?

We have launched a new publication that picks up where Bird Watcher’s Digest left off. It is called BWD, and it will be much like the old magazine but with many improvements.

If you had a paid subscription to Bird Watcher’s Digest when it ceased publication on December 24, 2021, we will give you a free equivalent subscription to the new BWD magazine. You’ll get the number of issues you were owed, up to a maximum of one year.

To confirm that you’ll be getting a subscription, just visit our Subscriber Portal and look yourself up in our list. The first issue will be mailed in July 2022. 

We’re sorry to say that we are unable to make the same offer to subscribers to Watching Backyard Birds (another Pardson publication).

What will the new BWD magazine be like?  

You’ll love it!

Most of the prior contributors to the old Bird Watcher’s Digest will be contributing to BWD, along with key editorial and photography staff, so the magazine will have the same great in-depth articles.

The magazine will increase to full-size, which means the beautiful bird photography will finally be on display in the way it has always deserved. BWD will have a beautiful new layout and a few new contributors along with many of your favorites.

How can I check the status of my subscription or update my address?

If you had a subscription to Bird Watcher’s Digest in the last two years, you can look yourself up in our Subscriber Portal, and you can renew your subscription now.

How can I subscribe?

You can subscribe on this website right now. You can also mail a check for $26 (1 year, US/Canada) to:

BWD magazine
PO Box 3396
Terre Haute, IN 47803

Canadians, please ensure checks are payable in US Dollars. Subscription rates for countries outside North America will be available and published here soon. 

Please include your mailing address and either an email (preferred) or phone number with your subscription request. The first issue of BWD will be mailed in July 2022.

What about digital subscriptions?

All subscribers to the printed magazine will receive free access to the digital edition of BWD and access to two years of Bird Watcher’s Digest back issues.

If you don’t want print, a digital-only subscription is just $15 per year. This is a great option for subscribers outside the USA, to avoid the higher cost of mailing magazines to your country.

You can subscribe online now. Please note that you must have an active Internet connection when viewing the digital subscription (it’s not a download).

Who are the publishers of BWD?

We’re Mike Sacopulos and Rich Luhr. Mike is a long-time birder and attorney, and Rich is an experienced niche magazine publisher. We believed that Bird Watcher’s Digest was too good to let go, so we joined with several of the former employees and formed a new company to publish BWD.

I’m owed money by Redstart Birding , Reader Rendezvous, or Watching Backyard Birds. What can I do?

You can file a claim with the court-appointed receiver that is handling the Pardson case. Contact information is here.

Because we are completely unrelated to Pardson Inc. (which included Bird Watcher’s Digest, Redstart Birding, Reader Rendezvous, and Watching Backyard Birds), we can’t assist you with a claim or provide any further information about the receivership process.