Photographing Birds & Wildlife, Mass Audubon Ipswich River Sanctuary, Topsfield, MA

Photographing Birds and other Wildlife in Massachusetts and Beyond: Where, When & How
Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuaries
Topsfield, MA
Date: Sunday November 12, 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 views you’re getting into memorable images that truly capture the moment?

Join Shawn as he expertly guides you through these topics and shares some tricks of the trade to help you truly enjoy your experience. He’ll explore three Mass Audubon properties—Museum of American Bird Art, Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary and Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary—all of which have observation or photo blinds to help get you closer to birds and other wildlife. Along with stories of his own experiences in the field, and lots of give-and-take with the audience, the gathering is sure to be eye-opening and lively.

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

Section 2: Location, location, location! Where and when to photograph birds and wildlife in Massachusetts, and what you’ll need when you get there—plus a few other locations in the U.S. that are well worth a visit (or two).

Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow
Atlantic Puffin

“Take Control of your Digital Photos” Mass Audubon MABA, Canton

“Take Control of your Digital Photos” Adobe Lightroom
Location: Mass Audubon Museum of American Bird Art
Canton, MA
Date: Saturday October 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Do you have thousands of digital photos and are having trouble organizing them? Do you need help on how to process a digital photo for output to e-mail or web? Join wildlife photographer and Mass Audubon instructor Shawn Carey of Migration Productions for this Adobe Lightroom workshop. Learn how to manage your digital photos and files in a way that makes sense, is easy to learn, plus many time saving shortcuts. This is an all day workshop that is broken up in three instructional units:

Section 1:

  • Understanding Lightroom and how it works, organize your photos/files.
  • Library Module
  • Importing files, rating and editing or culling images.
  • Proper backup of files and catalog

Section 2:

  • Keywords and Keyword list, the proper way to apply Keywords
  • Understanding collections and why there are useful.

Section 3:

  • Develop a Module
  • Develop and output for e-mail and web.
Short-eared Owl


Marsh Wren, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Concord, Massachusetts

Birds & Wildlife of Florida’s Gulf Coast (Mass Audubon North River, Marshfield)

Birds and Wildlife of Florida’s Gulf Coast
Location: Mass Audubon North River Wildlife Sanctuary
Marshfield, MA
Date: Wednesday October 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

Florida’s Gulf Coast is a bird watchers and bird photographer’s paradise, rich in birds and other wildlife and abounding in places to see and capture images of them. Some locations are well-known, others are hidden gems, but for wildlife photographers traveling to the Sunshine State, a visit to any of them can produce wonderful rewards.

For this presentation, wildlife photographer Shawn Carey takes you on a journey to some of the Gulf Coast’s most popular wildlife destinations—Fort DeSoto, Venice Rookery, and ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge—as well as many lesser-known treasures like Venice Landfill, Myakka River State Park, and Bunch Beach. Along the way, he’ll talk about each location and what you might expect to find, and he’ll share some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your camera and create a truly memorable experience. And since no day of bird watching and photography is complete without a good meal, Shawn will pass along his recommendations for a good place to relax, eat, and recap the day’s adventures. So grab your gear, pack your sunscreen, and throw on your beach shoes as we search the Gulf Coast for Spoonbills, Alligators, Limpkins, and Eagles.

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill
Myakka River Street Park