1. Rufous Hummingbird
Mac Stone’s cover story about Prothonotary Warbler and Jim Williams’s article about birding Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula were highlights of our August 2015 issue. So too was “Invitation to Observe,” Laure Wilson Neish’s description of participating in British Columbia’s recently completed Breeding Bird Atlas.
You may recognize Laure’s name, because she’s a wildlife photographer who contributes frequently to our online galleries. She’s also a retired teacher, a naturalist, and an environmental educator.
“British Columbia’s bird atlas,” she writes in her article, “offered me a license to explore, an invitation to observe, and an opportunity to contribute to the knowledge of birds in the province where I make my home and work as a photographer.” She lives in Penticton, in the Okanagan Valley.
“It inspired me to learn how to use a mobile GPS and become proficient in reading Google Earth maps to find my way around the backwoods. As a collateral bonus, it helped me become a better birder and bird photographer.”
Judging from the 10 beautiful photos here, we assume that Laure was a pretty good birder and an accomplished photographer even before the atlas. You can find more of Laure’s photos in our galleries.
2. Steller’s Jay
4. Nashville Warbler
5. Red-necked Grebes
6. Red-naped Sapsucker
7. Violet-green Swallow
8. Calliope Hummingbird
9. Warbling Vireo
10. Canyon Wren
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