Tidbit Time

Some odd’s and ends

A new link, on the WCI Links page:

Joseph Hillenmeyer is writing a really fine blog about life, work, sites, plants, and observations about the profession we both share. The difference is his perspective is from the rolling hills of Louisville, KY. It’s nice work and worth a read.

Cornell update from the Birding World:

Ithaca, NY—It’s time to register for the next session of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s new online bird behavior course, beginning February 17. Each course session lasts five weeks.

The goal of “Investigating Behavior: Courtship and Rivalry in Birds” is to help people learn how to observe and interpret bird behavior and communication. A basic principle of bird behavior as it relates to survival and reproduction is explored each week using multimedia and interactive activities, guided by an instructor.

A student taking the course right now says, “I am thoroughly enjoying this course. It really takes bird watching to another level and certainly sharpens observational skills. It is wonderfully organized and it’s fun!”

To enroll visit www.ecornell.com/birds and watch the video further describing course content. Course size is limited. Future sessions are scheduled to begin March 31 and May12. The cost of the course is $295 ($255 for Cornell Lab members) with a $30 dollar registration fee. To receive the Cornell Lab member discount, sign up toll-free at (866) 326-7635.

Contact: Megan Whitman, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, (607) 254-2121, mlw57@cornell.edu

A note about Suzi McCoy

Suzi “performed” one of her usual outstanding presentations during the ANLA Mgmt Clinic on ‘Social Media. The lecture actually turned into a lively discussion between Suzi and several folks in the audience. which actually made for a lively and very informative session.

I’d like to point out the fact that Suzi didn’t feel the need for us to hear her voice for 75 minutes and let us the audience be part of the session . . . great stuff and thanks Suzi for allowing the informative interaction.

If you are unaware of who Suzi McCoy is here a a couple of links. the 1st is to the Gardening Media Group which is very informative about rends in our industry, the 2nd is for her Blog on the same subject, and some other tidbits.

A fun quote from Suzi’s talk

Never post a pic you do not want your Mother to see.

Or this one

A picture is worth 1,000 words, but a video is worth 10,000 words.

Well put, and some good advice on posting video to help promote your site’s content.

What else

I must admit I am looking forward to the Super Bowl and I will be rooting on the Indianapolis Colts and Payton Manning . . . go Colts!

I’m already ready for Winter to end, and lets get it on into the muddy part of Spring, see a few leaves start to branch out on the trees, and the chance to go sit outside and enjoy the space.

Finalize some times for stone workshops, so we can get the word out early enough to potential attendees.

I also need to get busy and get my trellis’s built because in no time I will be ready to plant some climbing roses and enjoy all that great fragrance.

One More Thing

Toyota . . . what in the hell is going on with the folks at Toyota. All those years spent in developing that industry standard for realiabilty, and cars that were solid, safe and dependable.

Boom!!! gas pedals, now brakes, now something else going on with the Prius, they are really dropping the ball here.

HEY TOYOTA . . . YOU ARE BLOWING IT!!! Time to get your act together or watch your U.S. Sales plummet.

There’s a lesson for all of us here in how reputations are earned and then ruined, because of inability to be proactive to the problem!

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

1 comment

  1. Thanks, Rick, for the mention and nice comments. It was probably the most fun session I’ve ever done. I love lively interaction. Great to see you again at the Management Clinic.

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