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

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

 

Alligator
Alligator

Mass Audubon North River, Marshfield: A Wing and a Care

A Wing and a Care
Location: Mass Audubon North River Wildlife Sanctuary
Marshfield, MA
Date: Wednesday October 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM

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.

“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?

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.