Bird Portraits +
Thank you for visiting my site. My hope is that my photography can help us appreciate the beauty and diversity of these beautiful, prehistoric creatures. (I've also included a few of my favorite mammal photos.)
In the January 2018 issue of National Geographic, novelist Johnathan Franzen wrote, "One reason that wild birds matter—ought to matter—is that they are our last, best connection to a natural world that is otherwise receding. They’re the most vivid and widespread representatives of the Earth as it was before people arrived on it".
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) turned 100 in 2018 and is one of the oldest, most important environmental legislation acts. Simply put, this law protects birds from humans who industrialize our landscape. According to Audubon.org, "The most obvious success story is the Snowy Egret, which was hunted almost to extinction for its delicate feathers before early conservationists like the Audubon Society, along with the federal government, stepped in to stop the slaughter. The MBTA is credited with saving numerous other species from extinction, including the Wood Duck and Sandhill Crane. It continues to protect nearly all native birds in the U.S, covering more than 1,000 species. "
"Legislation in Congress (HR 4239), and a new interpretation of the law by the administration, would end the ability to hold industries accountable for bird deaths. These proposals would prevent enforcement of “incidental” bird deaths, removing incentives for companies to adopt practices that protect birds from threats such as oil waste pits, and eliminating penalties for companies that kill substantial numbers of birds, including from large oil spills. Imagine this: under these new proposed rules, BP would never have been liable for killing almost a million birds during the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Audubon vigorously opposes this revision to the MBTA." (www.audubon.org)
Now, more than ever, with our current administration and acts of congress, it is so important for us to stay informed and involved in who we elect to our state and federal positions.
This is why I will be donating 20% of all monthly profits to the Audubon Society.
As passionate as I am about photography, I am equally passionate about my day job as a personal trainer. I am so thankful for my wonderful clients, some of whom have been with me over 15 years. As a former police officer and breast cancer survivor, the meditative qualities of photography have had a very healing affect on my life.