Connie is the author and principal photographer of nine nature books, including Bluebirds Forever, and she tells us that the seminar she'll give at the Festival, Bluebird Trails Across America, is a fun-and-fact-packed primer for bringing bluebirds into your backyard or a nearby park. This program is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., $5.
She goes on to note, The other subject I will be teaching is how to make backyard habitats friendly to all sorts of wildlife, and then how to make spectacular photographs of these creatures. This program - Attracting and Photographing Wildlife in Your Back Yard - is a combination of a classroom session and a field trip. The classroom sessions are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, January 21 and 22, 3:45 - 5:15, $35. The field trip are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, January 22, 23, and 24, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m, $60. (The field trips are to the yards of two local backyard habitat hosts - one noted for its songbirds and one for their butterfly garden.) Connie wrote, I’m bringing several different types of photo blinds that field trip participants can try out. I’ll be showing field techniques such as identifying and arranging photogenic perches where birds will land near your camera, how to use flash to highlight good photos, and what types of foods and water features draw wildlife in front of your lens. I’ll also be available to answer general photography questions and advise participants on what specific plants and techniques may work best in their own yards.
Connie offers workshops on these topics at Lost Cove Farm, the 128-acre mountainside wildlife preserve she and her husband live on in western North Carolina (looks like heaven to me!). She admires what the Festival offers to residents and visitors - a unique opportunity to learn and try these techniques during the festival, at reduced prices and in a setting tailored for lots of hands-on experience. I’m very excited about the upcoming week of programs, and I look forward to meeting lots of folks who share the love of all wild creatures.
We certainly look forward to meeting Connie, and thank her for sharing her time, enthusiasm, and these photos of the Carolina Chickadee and her home in summer, landscaped to attract butterlifes and hummingbirds.