Photographing Birds and Other Wildlife

Photographing Birds and Other Wildlife

Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
83 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA 01983

Date: Sunday April 2, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Over the last ten years, bird and wildlife photography has seen a surge in popularity— thanks in large part to vast improvements in digital technology. Digital cameras are better, easier to use, and more affordable than ever. But how do you choose the right one? And once you have the camera, what’s next? Where do you go? When should you get there? And how do you turn those great looks you’re getting into memorable images that truly capture the moment?

The workshop will include:

Section #1:  Photo equipment; cameras, lenses, tripods, photo blinds and other “odds and ends”.

Section #2:  Location, location, location! Where and when you photograph birds in Massachusetts and what equipment is needed at each site. Plus some other locations in the US that you might want to visit.

Section #3: You know what camera equipment to use and where to go to photography birds and other wildlife in Massachusetts. However what do you do with the hundreds maybe even thousands of digital photos? How to organizing them? For this section we will look at using Adobe Lightroom to help us with keywords and how to organization your photo/files. Also a quick look at processing photos for output to e-mail or web.

Black Skimmer

Wildlands Trust, Plymouth, MA

Wildlands Trust
675 Long Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360

Date: Thursday February 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

“A Wing and a Care” Building a Future for Birds
Latest video from Migration Productions
Produced by Jim Grady and Shawn Carey
Graphics Sabina Grady
Narrated by Ken Lacouture
Script writer Devin Griffiths
Sound Track Chris Duval

Snowy Owls, Atlantic Puffins, and American Kestrels are connected by more than simply a resemblance of form or function. A crucial thread ties them together: each one has an advocate committed to protecting it and educating others about its plight. Migration Productions’ latest work, “A Wing And A Care,” opens a window onto the lives of these three birds, and introduces you to the men dedicated to their preservation and survival.

 For more than 30 years, Norman Smith has been studying Snowy Owls. Through his Snowy Owl Project, which he started in 1981, Smith has banded and released 700 birds, shedding light on migration routes, learning their habits, and gaining insight into their lifestyles. Along the way, Smith has given countless public presentations in his relentless effort to promote Snowy Owl conservation.
Four decades ago, Dr. Stephen Kress founded Project Puffin with the goal of restoring Atlantic Puffins to Maine’s Eastern Egg Rock—a historical breeding site that had been empty of puffins for nearly a century. Thanks to Dr. Kress’ vision and more than half a lifetime of dedicated and tireless work, he has done what many thought impossible: the Puffins are back, and Eastern Egg Rock is once again home to a thriving colony of these delightful birds.
Tom Sayers is a retired schoolteacher and keen observer of the natural world. Deeply involved in the Connecticut birding community, Sayers began to see a sharp decline in the local population of American Kestrels. In 2010, Sayers took action, launching a groundbreaking program to establish and monitor Kestrel nest boxes, banding each year’s new birds. Over the course of six seasons, he’s banded over 500 fledgling Kestrels, collecting valuable data and shining a light on the habits and health of this magnificent falcon.
 “A Wing And A Care” follows the stories of these three men as they work to protect the birds they love, and shows how a single individual can make a world of difference in the life of a bird. And it asks a critical question: how can each one of us get involved and help build a better future for these incredible birds?