To quell the rumors about whether I really did attend the Partners in Flight conference (rather than merely bird the whole time), Nuthatch got photographic evidence of my conference attendance. Valley birding--Good. Conference talks--less memorable. Hanging out with cool bird people--priceless.
Of course, there is plenty of photographic evidence for my being away from the conference center as well, including a shot with a college friend at dinner (here) and hanging out with a local birding club (here). We call this networking.
Greater Sand Plover with abnormal colouration
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