Many speakers, many conversations.
Here are some of the words I'll remember most from the 2011 Midwest Birding Symposium:
"It's not trespassing to go outside your own boundaries."
A bird festival "is only as good as the people it attracts."
Birds are "feathered angels".
"I'm smitten with this little guy," as he held a recently-banded Magnolia Warbler in his hand.
"I've been the coldest in my life, the hottest in my life, the wettest in my life, and the happiest in my life when I've been birding."
Greg Miller of "The Big Year"
About experiencing a fantastic bird fallout in Alaska's Aleutian Islands, "Being good is good. Being lucky is better."
Greg Miller again
Quoting "The Big Year" author Mark Obmascik, "I was writing a book about human obsessions and decided to research birders."
Liz Deluna Gordon
Just some kind, private words, surprising and unexpected from someone I had just met.
Words that were appreciated and will be remembered for a very long time.