It’s always been interesting to me how some really neat things arise from simple and unexpected beginnings. In 2006 Jeff MacLeod was a Master’s student at McMaster (in psychology) but in his spare time he came out to the banding lab to indulge his passion for birds. (Jeff subsequently went on to obtain a banding sub-permit which he used to do a research project in Nova Scotia on the singing of Hermit Thrushes. He’s currently working on a PhD in clinical psychology.) One day he sauntered into the lab (he was pretty good at arriving just after the nets were opened) and casually announced that he had been fooling around on his computer the night before and just out of curiousity had created a blog for the banding lab if I wanted to use it. Now at that time (I’m such a Luddite!) I didn’t know what a blog was but once he explained it to me I saw that it had great potential to tell people about Ruthven, about birds, and about what goes on here. Fortunately, then and now, Jeff always made himself available to help me work out how to post things, how to put up pictures, how to update things – whenever I needed something out of the (very) ordinary done or something technical, Jeff was right on it: great tech support!! Since that time, words just flowed….and then words and pictures…. And then the other day I just happened to notice that we were at our 995th post. Amazing!
So, this is the momentous (to me anyway) 1,000th post! I hope you all out there in cyberland have enjoyed going through them as much as I have enjoyed posting them. But I’ll always remember Jeff’s casual announcement:”by the way, last night I was fooling around on my computer and created a blog….you might be interested in checking it out.”
Paternity has been good for Jeff…..no great!