Many National Wildlife Refuges across the US will be celebrating this day with family programs.
I think it's especially auspicious that National Nature Photography Day is on Father's Day in the US. This is a great opportunity for fathers and their children to enjoy a day walking in the wild and making nature photographs together. Going out into a national or state park, wildlife preserve or wildlife refuge to experience nature “in the raw” can be a wonderful family activity at any time, but on Sunday's special day, it seems like a perfect time for dads (or moms) to introduce and build their children's interests in the outdoors, wildlife, the natural world, and photography.
I was invited by the US Fish and Wildlife Service's John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge to run a special National Nature Photography Day program at the Heinz Refuge. The program is free for all to attend.
Beginning at 9am, in the education wing of the Refuge's visitor center, I'll be running a short mini-workshop entitled, "Nature Photographers' clothing and gear color really matter!" That may seem dry, but I assure you the 20 minute workshop will be engaging and interesting for everyone. In the mini-workshop, I'll be discussing avian eyesight, and how it effect nature photographers. We'll first learn about human eyesight and how humans see, then move on to avian eyesight and how it's very similar to human eyesight, but much better. We'll explore how bird eyesight helps birds detect photographers, making it difficult for them to get close to make a close-up, sharp image of them.
Following the mini-workshop, we'll immediately move outside together where I'll lead everyone for a refreshing wildlife photography walk in the Impoundment Area of the Heinz Refuge, until about noon and get a chance to use our cameras and new knowledge about birds.
If we're lucking we might see a Mink, Red Fox, Ground Hog, or maybe a Snapping Turtle swimming in the Impoundment Pond.
If you're in the Greater Philadelphia, PA Region this coming Sunday, I invite you to join me at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge for National Nature Photography Day. If you're a dad, or mom, or grandparent bring the kids along. Even if you have no children, join me at Heinz, and maybe bring a friend to enjoy the outdoors with you, see some lovely wildlife, make some photographs and have a good time Sunday morning.
Everyone's welcome to join me Sunday, at the Heinz Refuge in Philadelphia.