There was a sense of urgency as the members of the Charadriidae family caught up on the gossip of past winter’s events in South America, who’s who in the news, and their latest travel photos.
The opening ceremonies began with the usual Welcome Back speech from the district manager, Charlie Plover. It was a pleasure to see Charlie again this year. It was unknown until recently whether he would be able to attend or not due to the broken wing he actually sustained when he collided with a 57 Chevy during migration south last year.
There was a short presentation on fashion by Charlene Wader in which she noted that the patterns and colors for the season are still the same as last year, or for that matter, since the eighteenth century. Everyone was encouraged to continue the tradition with the same featherwear in brown and white with the black bands as accessories, and not to succumb to the popular habit of dying the head feathers a bright color. There was no need to elaborate on the reason for this statement since all in attendance remember the tragic event which took place last year when Mrs. Birdbrain decided she had had enough of the traditional featherwear and decided to get a spiked featherdo in the trendiest neon pink. Mr Birdbrain was beside himself with grief and unable to answer when asked the circumstances surrounding the brash move on the part of his wife. From local sources it seems the bright color she was sporting only helped the Central Michigan Possum Mafia to locate her nest of eggs even though she did her best to divert their attention away by faking a broken wing. In spite of that fact the jury still found her guilty after a few minutes deliberation, and she is now serving a life sentence of a few years in the slammer.
The afternoon break found everyone in a mad dash to stake claims to the nearest depression in the west pasture. The only exceptions were the couples who were honored earlier for remaining together for longer than a year. They will share in the best real estate this side of the fence line to raise their families.