And, if the "free Internet" is actually available, not imaginary, I hope to post from the OOS's annual meeting in Perrysburg (Toledo suburb) this weekend. We have a "Shade-grown Coffee House" get-together Friday night, with music by BT3 and poetry readings by others, including an original work by yours truly. (No, it isn't "Birdin' with Bill.") Saturday morning is birding on my own - I plan to visit Oak Openings (a Toledo metropark) and Kitty Todd Nature Preserve. Saturday afternoon will be talks by Kenn and Kim Kaufman and by Jim Berry. The evening banquet features keynote speaker and OOS President James McCormac ("Jimmy Mac.")
Early on Sunday, I plan a drive down to Springfield Marsh for bird banding with Tom Bartlett. (He sets up his nets at sunrise, as in 5:30am. And it is a one hour drive from my hotel. Guess who won't be there at sunrise?) Monday morning, I'm visiting Black Swamp Bird Observatory and birding the famous Magee Marsh boardwalk. I have an outside chance of some Life warblers, like Connecticut, or maybe even Kirkland's, there - wish me luck! I may take a run over to Ottawa NWR, especially if the boardwalk is slow and the auto tour happens to be open.
Maybe it will rain and I will get to go snailing, too.
Watch this space for photos of birds, birders, and bloggers in NW Ohio, birding capital of the world.