Mar 09 2009
Liz & I had a great weekend in southern Ohio, where I was a speaker at the 6th annual Adams County Amish Bird Symposium.
The venue is certainly unusual–a spacious barn with power provided by a diesel generator. The shot above was taken during the lunch break. The audience was amazing–energetic and attentive during a day-long marathon of presentations. I spoke just after lunch–a time slot that can be a tough one as mid-day fatigue and post-lunch lassitude take their toll. But this crew was anything but drowsy.
Also during lunch, Susan Kailholz-Williams of the Susan Gets Native blog brought out some of her education birds from Raptor, Inc. The Barn Owl in the back had been found seriously injured in Adams County last year.
One of the really charming things about the whole experience was the wooden plaque I was presented with–here I am showing it off. Its somewhat unusual shape, naturally, is the same as Adams County itself. How cool.
Another huge perk for the speakers was staying–and dining!–at the Murphin Ridge Inn, a really terrific country inn near the symposium facility. My favorite amenity was the fire pit. Liz and I spent several relaxing hours there, listening to Spring Peepers, American Woodcock, and the crackling flames.
I don’t think I could recommend the Murphin Ridge Inn too highly–it really was great.
And now for something completely different: today I’m flying to Ecuador. We’ll see what time and net access allows, blog-wise, but I hope to be updating you on what looks to be another great trip!