Coastal Georgia with Ginny Worthington and Cindy McEnery

Join Ginny Worthington and Cindy McEnery in search of Wild Horses, Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and a vast array of birds as we visit Cumberland Island National Seashore, the waters around Jekyll Island, and Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge. We will ride the ferry to Cumberland Island, home to approximately 170 wild (feral) horses, deer, other mammals and birds. This barrier island also contains a beautiful maritime forest, marshes, and eighteen miles of the most valuable sea turtle nesting habitat in Georgia. On Jekyll, we will embark on a two and a half hour Private Chartered boat tour in search of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins as they play, feed, or simply cruise about in their natural habitat. These waters are home to one of the world’s largest populations of bottlenose dolphins. Since Jekyll Island is also known for its spectacular sunsets, we will meet for a sunset shoot Saturday evening. Our tour also includes a visit to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge which serves as a premier nesting, foraging, and wintering habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including nearly 350 species of birds. Signature species include endangered wood storks, the uncommon painted bunting, egrets, herons, other swamp birds, and alligators. You don’t want to miss this tour!

 $425 for NANPA Members.

“Bosque Wildlife” at Bosque del Apache NWR with Sandy Zelasko and Irene Hinke-Sacilotto

Situated along the Rio Grande River, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 57,000 acres and is a major wintering ground for cranes and waterfowl. Refuge personnel manage the water levels of its wetlands and impoundments to simulate what was once the seasonal flow of water from the Rio Grande before the river was damned and the flow altered. To feed the huge number of birds visiting the refuge each year, nearby fields are planted with corn, winter wheat, millet, and other grains. Loop roads transect the refuge marshes and fields and provide prime sites for wildlife viewing and photography. Species that may be seen include shovelers, buffleheads, pintails, teal and other ducks; bald and golden eagles; kestrels and other hawks; turkey; meadowlarks; quail; roadrunners; coyotes; mule deer; and more. In November, large flocks of snow geese and sandhill cranes will be present. At night to escape predators, the birds flock to the marshes and shallow pools. With dawn, the snow geese and other waterfowl rise in mass from the wetlands and sweep overhead on their way to nearby fields to feed. Each day we will spend the early morning and late afternoon hours at the refuge photographing birds and many other species of wildlife which are present at the sanctuary.