It's not every day you get to meet someone you have only read about. I met someone today...someone who is unlike anyone else I have ever met.
But you have to wait until the end. Read on.
Today's program was for the Midwest Native Plant Conference in Dayton, Ohio.
A native plant thing? I was so there.
Sylvester disapproved of the decor. But he blended in nicely.
(I put him by the fake tree on purpose)
Also in attendence was Lucy the Peregrine (on the right) and Angle the Screech Owl (on the table in front)
*You will notice that I placed the screech owl in front of our display so she couldn't see the GHOW. We don't want a screech owl stroke.*
Non-birders: Screech owls are FOOD for GHOW in the wild. She did catch a glimpse of him while I was holding her, and her pupils dilated so much I thought she might faint. :)
Lucy's perch is so low, I placed her on two chairs so the public could see her.
And though I carefully placed paper towels under her, she sprayed the chairs anyway.
Wonder if the hotel will ask us back after that?
I talked to many excited, interested people today...even a few who recognized me from the RAPTOR newsletter and my blog. Why do I cringe when someone says they read my blog?
Low self-esteem? Unsure of how people take me?
Anyhoo. On to the Celebrity.
I first read about this gorgeous and unique creature here on Jim's blog.
*Go read his account of this fantastic thing.
He does a way better job of describing it, what with all the "radically awesomes" and "pinkiliciousness's".
Yep. That's a PINK katydid.
Non-nature peeps: Katydids are supposed to be GREEN. This is a one-in-a-million bug.
And even better...I got to keep her on my display table. Made us quite popular.
I couldn't help but think of this scene from the musical "Wicked".
A pretty, popular girl in PINK, talking to a drab, unpopular girl who is GREEN: