Sunday, July 15, 2007

8 Random Facts about BirdCouple

Ten days ago, we got "tagged" by Birdchick with the "8 Random Facts Meme." This is a bloggers game, and here are the rules:

Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.

People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.

At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.


1) Lisa and Warren met in a bar on a blind date. Really. Right here. The holy date was Feb 19, 2002:

We love the Rams Head Tavern.

2) When we were married a little more than two years later, one of our wedding vows was to finish hiking the Appalachian Trail together. You can check our progress on our AT Blog.

3) We've birded and birded and birded. We've seen some fairly spectacular birds, like the Black-Chested Snake Eagle, the Resplendant Quetzal and the Dusky Sunbird. But we've never, ever seen a *(#$#(*)$)#($)(# American Bittern or a *#$(*#$)(*#U$)# *&&* American Pipit. These are called NEMESIS birds.

4) We used to be birders and listers. The day we met Paul Bacich - was it less than a year ago? Is that possible? - we became dedicated conservationists. Or rather, found the conservationists within us. Paul is the coolest. And thanks to him we learned about...

5) The DUCK STAMP! If you are a birder, and are reading this, you've bought your duck stamp, right? RIGHT? The Duck Stamp costs a mere $15 - most of that goes for buying land to preserve and expand National Wildlife Refuges across the nation. Which do what? PROTECT BIRDS. So buy yours now.... (It's also a free pass into any NWR across the country).

We were reading DC Birder yesterday, and saw that he had a picture of the new duck stamp - you're going to buy it, right? -- right here:

He also has a nice link to a new site,, where you can buy it. SO DO IT.

6) We both went walking in the woods and enjoying nature with our fathers when we were kids.

7) We're birders, mainly. But we're curious about the moths around our house at night, the trees over our driveway, the bugs that sneak into our house, the tree frogs that we hear croaking as we write this from our back porch. Too much to learn. So little time!

8) Lisa would come back in the next life as a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, small, delicate and fast. Warren would come back as a Peregrine Falcon, strong, keen-eyed and FASTER.

Well.... we have to tag eight people. For some reason, the our little laptop on the porch (we were listening to katy-dids) bombed while developing our 8 links to tag.....

MID-WEEK UPDATE: We are going to tag...

_ Dan Haas, the hero of the Severn River peregrines.

_ The Brownstone Birding Blog.

_ Paige, Avery and Jeff, natch.

_ A DC Birding Blog.

_ The Woodcreeper.

_ The Backyard Birder.

_ Bill of the Birds.

AND The Egret's Nest.


Larry said...

Thanks for tagging me to play but I recently did that one-then deleted it.
That' nice that your dads introduced you to nature.-Mine did a little while we fished but had limited knowledge of birds.

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Why did you delete it?

Larry said...

I'm always concerned about sharing too much information over the internet.

Anonymous said...

as if you didnt know enough random stuff about me...

i completed it.

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Paige-y: I can't wait to read it, which I will do right now. Best to the very fun family down there in Hot-lanta!

Nervous Birds said...

I grabbed my coffee this moring and went off into the internet to catch up on some blogs. I am honored to have been tagged.

Thank you. I got to work on my eight facts. Are there rules as to who I tag?

BTW... I have played guitar in the Ram's Head Tavern on many, MANY nights over the years. It is a great little pub.

Be well,

David La Puma said...

Wow...and to think it took me hours to find 8 people I know who 1) have a blog and 2) HAVEN'T BEEN TAGGED YET!

Finally...I'm done.

woodcreeper's 8 random facts

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

Dan - Sorry for the late reply. No rules on who to tag...

See you at the Ram's Head! Are you playing there anytime soon?

- W

Warren and Lisa Strobel said...

David - we had the same problem!