Finding birds and a tree
Last week, I moderated a special session for an international fire ecology conference. I had been preparing for the session since February, so I was short on sleep and full of stress hormones during the days leading to the events. I was therefore unsurprised when I came down with a nasty cold on the last day of the conference. I rested on Friday, but on Saturday and Sunday I had to summon the strength to take part in a couple of trips that have become early rites of our holiday season.