Flight Centre at Cambridge for sorting out my flights and car hire and especially Samantha for moving quickly just before I left to correct the mistake of my car hire being booked at a different airport from the one where I arrived and left!
I was lucky, in the Wayne National Forest to meet several Forest Service staff who were incredibly helpful when I asked how I could see some really old trees. Dawn McCarthy pointed me in the direction of her husband, Brian, who just happens to be a professor at the University of Ohio in Athens and is an expert on old growth forest and vice-chair of the American Chestnut Foundation. Brian was kind enough to point me in the direction of Dysart woods which happened to be near somewhere else that I needed to go anyway (sorry to be so mysterious – you’ll need to buy the book).
In Wyalusing State Park, Wisconsin, I met Bev Pozega who shares my enthusiasm for passenger pigeons and was not only great to talk to but also helpful with information on getting gas etc
At Cornell, many people, but especially:
- Matthew Young and Jennifer Smith for arranging for me to talk there
- Jessie Barry and Chris Wood for putting me up and showing me loads of birds – the two of you hooting into the dark, with fireflies in the trees, to encourage a barred owl to talk to us will stay with me as a memory for ever!
- John Fitzpatrick for introducing me for my talk and for continuing friendship
- Tom Schulenburg for showing me a drawer full of extinct birds and letting me hold a passenger pigeon in my trembling hands
- and many others for discussions
Laura Kammermeier for being one of those people that you meet on the internet and then find that they are very nice real people too – see you at Bird Fair!
Danielle at Manhattan’s Flint Hills Discovery Center for being lovely and very helpful.
Alex at the Longhorn Saloon, Strong City, KS for being lovely and staying open and feeding me even though I arrived only 10 minutes before closing.
All at Tucson Audubon but particularly Paul Green for arranging for me to talk there and for being a very kind host.
Chris Cokinos for the signed copy of ‘Hope is the thing with feathers‘ that I re-read on my return flight.
Richard Fray for being a great bird guide and a real laugh.
Larry Morgan for having a lovely accent and great hummingbirds in his ‘yard’.
The Outback Steakhouse at 11600 Research Blvd, Austin for providing an excellent steak as my last US dinner (with sweet potato fries) but also accurate, cheerful advice on where to go to see the Mexican free-tailed bats.
And all those waitresses and all those ladies who loved my accent…