From the President

sfitzgerald_headshot_costaricaMy, how time flies. I am coming to the end of my term as president of NANPA and it feels like I just started. It is thrilling to see how NANPA has evolved to adapt and thrive. Where many similar organizations are shrinking or dying, NANPA stands tall, and we are well-positioned for the future.

Do we still have challenges? Oh yes! We must reach new audiences and attract new members, including younger ones. We need to provide our diverse membership more relevant benefits. And we have to continue to adapt to today’s challenges while staying true to NANPA’s values. Continue reading

Yellowstone Bison Story with Happy Ending

Story and photos by Kathy Lichtendahl

© Kathy Lichtendahl

© Kathy Lichtendahl

A couple days ago my husband and I were headed home from a meeting in Gardiner, Montana by taking the preferred shortcut through Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley. As we approached the confluence of the Soda and Lamar Rivers, we noticed two young bison standing on a small island in the middle of the rushing water. One of the youngsters plunged into the water in an attempt to cross the Soda and was quickly swept off his feet. A look of panic came over his face as he struggled to turn and regain his place on the island. Luckily for him, he was successful and he and his partner then crossed the wider and slightly safer Lamar to more solid ground. Continue reading

NANPA Weekly Wow

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Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

James Heupel – “3 Humminbirds trying to feed on flower, Pichincha Province, Ecuador”

Christopher Gray – “Milky Way at Dead Vlie, Namibia, Africa”

Diane McAllister – “Kodiak bears, Uganik River Kodiak AK”

Mark Hayward – “Arctic Fox, Nanuvat Territory, Canada”

William Tyler – “Pholcid spider holding eggs in her jaws., La Selva Beach, California”

Bill Klipp – “Brown Pelican Diving, Varadero Cuba”

Cindy Goeddel – “Fox Mousing Jump:Peter Pan and His Shadow, Yellowstone National Park”

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This Week’s NANPA Showcase Images

 

Showcase7Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

David Francis – “Intergalactic lens zoom of the Milky Way, Acadia State Park, Maine”

John Norvell – “Waterfall in heavy rain, Davis, WV”

Marie Read – “Cedar Waxwing eating crabapple, Ithaca, New York”

Stephen Weaver – “Mammatus clouds over the prairie, El Paso County, Colorado”

Jerry Bauer – “Olive ridley sea turtle, Playa La Flor National Wildlife Refuge”

Mary Louise Ravese – “Himalayan Blue Poppy flower close-up, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA”

John Trone – “Polar bear rim light portrait, Svalbard” Continue reading

Showcase Images

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Each week www.nanpa.org highlights 7 images from the top 100 submissions of the NANPA Showcase competition. This week’s images are by:

Martin Pomphrey – “Dall Porpoise, Off the coast of Southeastern Alaska”

Mike Walker – “Morning at Reflection Lake, Mount Rainier National Park, WA”

Geoffrey Schmid – “From Eternal Seas, Olympic National Park Washington State”

Michael Stern – “Porpoise feeding on mullet, Flamingo South Florida”

Paul Marcellini – “Pine Rocklands at sunset, Everglades National Park, Florida”

Peter Hartlove – “Columbine Grandeur, Uncompahgre National Forest, Colorado”

Ernesto Sanchez-Proal – “Thousands of bats gather inside cave in Mexico, Topolobampo, Mexico”

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PHOTOGRAPHER’S PROJECT: MISSION: New Earth

by Weldon Lee

LOGO - Weldon LeeMy life and passion are my wild brothers and sisters. I’m at home in their presence. It’s where I belong. For years, one of the items on my planning calendar for the coming year was to form an organization for their protection. But what? I never had a direction.

Finally, last December, I decided 2016 would be different. It was time to tune in to my wild brothers and sisters and learn what they had to say.

Organizations have been working for years to save wildlife. There have been successes, but problems continue to exist—and in many cases, even escalate. What is being done is helping, but it’s not solving the root problem. I decided to put my focus on a world where it’s no longer necessary to protect wildlife; a world where we can live in harmony as I believe was originally intended. Continue reading

VOLUNTEER: Richard Perkins

Perkins-DickRichard (Dick) Perkins has been a practicing physician and educator (specializing in at-risk pregnancies) for some 50 years. He has been taking nature and travel photographs even longer, since he started as a child. Dick’s demanding medical career has limited the time he can spend outdoors photographing nature, yet he has been an award-winning, part-time professional photographer for the past 20 years. Dick’s subjects of interest include closeups, landscapes, plants and wildlife.

Do you have a “day” job? What do you do?

I am a physician working as a consultant and advisor regarding high-risk pregnancy, planned and ongoing. It has been my love since I finished my training in 1971. The demands of this type of employment, both academic and private, have seriously interfered with my involvement in NANPA and photography in general.

When the right side of my brain starts screaming for equal time, that’s where I go. I view my photography as a way of escaping my left brain, where I am obliged to spend most of my time, and taking respite in my right cortex where creativity thrives. And besides, it is unredoubtable proof of the fallacy that I am never in my right mind. Continue reading

THIS BIRDING LIFE: Black Skimmers- My Enigma Bird

Story and Photos by Budd Titlow

A colony of black skimmers holds tight against a gusty wind on a beach in Florida’s Fort De Soto Municipal Park. © Budd Titlow

A colony of black skimmers holds tight against a gusty wind on a beach in Florida’s Fort De Soto Municipal Park. © Budd Titlow

Black skimmers are my enigma bird. Just when I think they couldn’t possibly be around, they show up in droves. Then when I think it’s a perfect day to see some, they’re nowhere to be found. Continue reading