I'm going to spare you my excuses for not updating my blog more.
So September brought the Midwest Birding Symposium in Lakeside, Ohio. My arm got twisted (Thanks, Jeff!) and I am so glad I gave in. Not only was it a birding event, it was full of faces I wanted to see, people I love to spend time with, and lots of new and wonderful people to meet.
There are a bazillion photos to share....here are about, oh, forty of them.
Palito got to meet lots of new people and see new places...
The Black Swamp Bird Observatory!!!
Ottawaa National Wildlife Refuge!!!
He got to meet (and be blown on by) the President of the ABA!
Palito doesn't like cole slaw. He's an owl.
The Birder's Gang Sign:
He got to meet Kim Kaufman! He was so nervous.....
And Gentleman Jack!
Here, Corey taunts him with a knife.
And now the people:
Okay, I was totally innocent this time. I was INNOCENTLY taking photos of Lynne and Kathi, and what happens? Up goes the FINGER.
And look at the hairy eyeball she is giving me too!
Okay, funny story. Al Batt told a hilarious story the last night of the symposium, and here's a short synopsis:
When he was a teenager, he and a friend let some Muscovy ducks loose in their high school. They put tags on the wings of FOUR ducks: Duck #1, Duck #2, Duck #3 and Duck #5. And the next day, the school was in an uproar because they "couldn't find the last duck".
Well, we found Duck #4!
The Rain Crows!
Striking a pose (and getting photos taken of me at the same time)
Ann Oliver's KICK ASS shoes:
Bacon!!!! Yes, he's a people!
I went birding with the guys, and it was so great....
(Corey Finger, Christopher Ciccone and Greg Miller....yeah, THAT Greg Miller!)
Corey liked the back of my car.
Here's Kathi being all volunteery at her post at the information/registration booth:
Sherrie takes a photo of a cool spider as Greg and Scott share a laugh:
(I can't link to Scott because he doesn't have a blog. Poor, poor dope.)
Greg was so fun to talk to. Imagine someone taking a piece of your past and after it gets written as a book, then becomes a movie! That is so rad.
Ah, the boat ride on Thursday night. Lynne and Ruthie had JUST gotten there as the boat was leaving.
It was a fun, albeit rocky trip. And it was GREAT to finally meet Ruthie...we actually got her to Ohio!
Oh, and here's a random bird photo:
Do yourself a favor and mark your calendars for the next Midwest Birding Symposium....