Saturday, January 12, 2008

Stuck Inside, Pining

I was inside all day today (and will be all day tomorrow) at a convention center near the Atlanta Airport at the BirdWatch America Show. This trade show for the wild bird industry is where lots of vendors come to try to sell their products to lots of wild bird stores.

All day I was talking to people about bird stuff, new products, trends, ideas, mergers and acquisitions, and so on. I enjoyed it but would have been overjoyed to have been birding outside, instead.

I did see a small sharp-shinned hawk as we entered the trade show POD today. That and a song sparrow were the extent of my day's bird list. Kind of ironic given the focus of this trade show on actual wild birds.

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At 8:24 PM, Blogger Julie Zickefoose said...

Ah, poor B. Wish you could have walked with us today. Liam found a jawbone he's pretty sure is from an herbivorous dinosaur, perhaps Iguanodon. It's not even fossilized yet. We must've gone four or five miles through the woods. Lots of sapsuckers and pileateds. Robins by the dozen! And the redtails are courting!! Hurry home.

That sharpie looks kind of familiar.

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Jayne said...

Not many birds living out by Hartsfield? :c) Heck, hop on I-75 headed north for and hour and half, and you'll be here on Chickadee with us! We could offer a few more birds and some killer veggie soup. Have fun in Hotlanta!

At 11:57 AM, Blogger KatDoc said...

That's something I hate about vet conventions. I get to go to a lot of cool places, like San Francisco or Orlando or Kansas City or Columbus, OH (OK, not every convention is at a really cool place!) but I spend all my time inside. When people ask me what I saw or did, the answer is always the same: Sat in lectures, visited the vendors' booths, ate lunch at the food court.

That's why I try to tack on a couple of "me" days to every trip.

Hope you see some birds, besides House Sparrows and Rock Pigeons!

~Kathi, who will be in the Atlanta airport next Friday, changing planes

At 8:40 PM, Anonymous zeladoniac said...

Now, I may be wrong, but didn't we run into each other here once?

At 9:15 PM, Blogger Mary said...

Before you leave the great Hotlanta, I hope you find a little time to see BIRDS. If not, there's a lot waiting for you at home.

At 7:27 PM, Blogger Michele said...

I know EXACTLY how you feel. I was there as well, as a buyer, and didn't get to do any birding. Alas, it was nice to find some new products.

At 2:40 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Are there any wild bird shows where birders gather to see products, compare notes, hear experts lecture, etc? Knd of like a boat or home show, but for folks interested in wild birds.

Fred near Seattle


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