An Interview with Twan Leenders – Part 2

Twan Leenders and His Camera
Twan Leenders and His Camera

Interview by Dave Huth

This is the continuation of a conversation between Dave Huth, who serves as co-chair of NANPA’s Conservation Committee and Twan Leenders, an accomplished herpetologist and photographer, who serves as RTPI’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation. He has authored several books, including Amphibians of Costa Rica – A Field Guide and Reptiles of Costa Rica – A Field Guide, both through Cornell University Press. See part one of the conversation here.

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An Interview with Twan Leenders – Part 1

Image of Twan Leenders  Photographing in Panama by a waterfall.
Twan Leenders Photographing in Panama

Interview by Dave Huth

In 1994, Roger Tory Peterson – an ornithologist and artist famous for his innovative and popular field guides – convened a gathering of more than 100 photographers for conversation about how nature photography might meet the challenge of conservation in the years ahead.

The result of this gathering, held at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) in Jamestown, New York, was the incorporation of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA).

Today, RTPI carries on Peterson’s passion for conservation, education, and the arts. Twan Leenders, an accomplished herpetologist and photographer, serves as RTPI’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation. He has authored several books, including Amphibians of Costa Rica – A Field Guide and Reptiles of Costa Rica – A Field Guide, both through Cornell University Press.

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Happy New (Fiscal) Year and Auld Lang Syne

Photo of Susan Day.
NANPA keeps Susan Day on the go. Photo credit: Susan Day.

By Susan Day, NANPA Executive Director

It’s hard to believe that this fiscal year over! Today we welcome Dawn Wilson as NANPA’s next president as well as new board members Beth Huning, Trent Sizemore, and Kika Tuff. Lisa Langell will stay on for a second term and be a great mentor to the incoming members. I’m looking forward to working with and helping everyone achieve NANPA’s goals and dreams.

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Very Curious About Moths

Luna moth (Actius luna) photographed on my back porch in Allegany County, NY (USA) © Dave Huth

Methods for tracking down Lepidopterans to explore through photography

Story and photographs by Dave Huth

I photograph creatures and their environments as a way of exploring and understanding the beauty and complexity of the living world. I began photographing moths and caterpillars after explaining to my then-7-year-old daughter how her grandfather first got me interested in nature. My Dad is an amateur Lepidopterist who introduced me to these weird and secretive creatures when I was about her age.

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