Monday, June 19, 2006

ABA: Monday

And so it begins.

The 2006 American Birding Association convention began in Bangah (or Bang-gore, depending on who says it) today. I like how these folks think: The week of field trips, workshops, presentations and evening programs started with a social hour with adult beverages... and the opportunity to peruse the vendor booths at the civic center.

Here's a vendor you might recognize.

After dinner at the civic center, the attendees enjoyed an introduction to Maine and its birds by Jan Pierson of Field Guides. His informative and concise points and the great photography made for a really nice presentation.

The evening ended pretty early in light of tomorrow's field trips. The buses will leave the staging area between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., which translates into 3 a.m. wake-up calls for some of us. Ouch. But it'll be worth it!


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