Photography Exhibit by Dave Lewis celebrates International Migratory Bird Day, May 13-15th, 2016 at the Perry F. Johnson Wetland Center, Sandy Ridge Reservation, North Ridgeville, Ohio.
About International Migratory Bird Day
"International Migratory Bird Day is a conservation initiative that brings awareness on conserving migratory birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere. This program is dedicated to international conservation efforts and environmental education in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Originated by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, it is now coordinated by Environment for the Americas.
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) officially takes place on the second Saturday in May in the U.S. and Canada and on the second Saturday of October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean each year. Recognizing that this date does not work well for all places or for the migratory birds themselves- sites host these programs at their convenience throughout the year.
Every year International Migratory Bird Day has a new conservation theme with corresponding artwork, educational materials, and activities." - Wikipedia
Be sure to explore educational creative media resources at Environment for the Americas, home of the International Migratory Bird Day IMBD 2016 ~ Spread your Wings for Bird Conservation here.
Celebrating International Migratory Bird Day 2016 at Lorain Metro Parks
Dave reflects on his years birding, photographing birds and how he got connected to Audubon Chapter activities in Ohio:
"I was thinking back to my first outing with a bird group. I was new to birding and wanting to learn where to go and went out on a joint Western Cuyahoga Audubon and Kirtland Bird Club walk and met Delores Cole and Paula Lozano among others. Everyone was great! Delores asked what I did with my photos, I said the ones I don't delete?...I stare at them and try to figure out what they are. She asked if I would send them to the Kirtland Bird Club...soon after Mary Ann Romito at Western Cuyahoga Audubon asked if I could send pics in for use on the Western Cuyahoga Audubon website as well. It's all their fault. They got me hooked and gave me an outlet for my photos (which were AWFUL back then.) From them, I met many other area birders and became known as the "bird butt guy" due to the number of shots from the wrong side I had. It's amazing to think that since then I've met birders from the world over and have had photos published in books, guides, magazines and scientific papers. All because of a little bird group...Tell everyone I said THANKS!"
Photography Exhibit by Dave Lewis, Perry F. Johnson Wetland Center, Sandy Ridge Reservation, North Ridgeville, Ohio
A native Clevelander, Dave Lewis has been an avid nature photographer for over thirty years. Bird photography has become the focus of his free time. All the photos shown here have been taken with Canon 20D, 50D or 7D MKII digital cameras and a Canon 100mm macro or a Canon 300mm 2.8 lens. Dave has had work published in Bird Watcher's Digest magazine, the Ohio Division of Natural Resources (ODNR) Ohio Field Guides on Warblers and Butterflies, books and many websites. Many of his prints have been sold to raise funds for the
conservation of endangered habitat and conservation education. Dave also authors a blog, “Birds from Behind”. Signed prints are available by emailing Dave here.