This March, Wildlife Rehabilitation MD had a booth at the NWRA (National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association) symposium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The booth was sponsored by and shared with our wonderful friends at Bird Ally X (http://birdallyx.blogspot.com/). As soon as we set-up our new banners and spread out flyers and cards on the table, we were swamped. From the time the symposium began to the time we took everything down we were talking to someone.
We had a wonderful mixture of people who had never heard of WRMD and were excited to get started, to meeting users of WRMD that we have only communicated with via email. We finally got to meet with them face to face, which was wonderful. From 9-5 for the rest of the week we had the booth maned by someone. We spent hours talking to current users about their experience, ways to better the system and make improvements. The rest of the time talking people through how to get started and if the database would work for them.
Past conferences and symposiums we have attended we either had a presentation or either a presentation or booth. I think in the future we will try to have a booth and a presentation. The presentation is nice because we can show the system off and talk through ways to use it, but you can’t get that one on one time that the booth allows.
My favorite part of the whole symposium was meeting all of the users and getting to know them and their needs. There were a few special people that made sure all their friends came by to talk to us. I felt like we had our own set of groupies. Those individuals left the conference with a free WRMD tee shirt, for being awesome.