Great Backyard Bird Count

February 16-19, 2018

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org. Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from beginning bird watchers to experts, and you can participate from your backyard, or anywhere in the world.  READ MORE.

Stop Industries from Getting a Free Pass to Kill Birds

This year, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), our most important bird protection law is under attack. Legislation in Congress (HR 4239), and a new interpretation of the law by the administration, would end the ability to hold industries accountable for bird deaths.

These proposals would prevent enforcement of “incidental” bird deaths, removing incentives for companies to adopt practices that protect birds from threats such as oil waste pits, and eliminating penalties for companies that kill substantial numbers of birds, including from large oil spills.

Urge your members of Congress and the Department of the Interior to uphold the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  Click on the following link to sign the National Audubon Society’s Petition to Congress:  act.audubon.org

Please call your Senator or Representative and let them know this matters to you.

February 1 Audubon Program

Thursday, February 1 ● 7:00 PM San Antonio Zoo Education Center 

The Pantanal of Brazil 

Presenter: Kathy Adams Clark 

Join Kathy Adams Clark as she takes you on a journey into the Pantanal. See images of Pantanal’s amazing wildlife, including jaguars, caiman, giant river otter, Amazon Kingfisher, Black-collared Hawk, and Jabiru stork. The Pantanal is said to be the largest wetland in the world. Located in western Brazil on the border of Bolivia and Paraguay, the Pantanal was once an inaccessible area with limited tourism. Birdwatchers, photographers and eco-tourists flock to the area today thanks to the Transpantanal Highway and several eco-lodges.

Kathy has been a professional nature photographer since 1995, and she runs the stock agency KAC Productions that represents the work of 15 photographers. Her photos appear every week in the “Nature” column in the Houston Chronicle written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy and Gary have published 10 books and have one more in the works.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS with KATHY ADAMS CLARK

February 2 & 3: San Antonio Zoo Community Meeting Room

SAAS and BAS are excited to announce that Kathy Adams Clark, speaker for our meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, will conduct two Photography Workshops on Feb. 2 & 3. Participants do NOT have to be SAAS or BAS members to attend these workshops! 

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY Friday, Feb. 2 1:00 to 4:00 PM (3 hours) 

$50/person Minimum 6, Maximum 20 

Birds can be a challenge to photograph. Yet birds are everywhere from the backyard to foreign locations so they are a ready subject for photographers. Join Kathy Adams Clark for this indoor workshop to learn how to take better photographs of birds from a photographer’s point-of-view. Camera features and options will be dis-cussed along with composition, color harmony and sto-rytelling. Lenses, flash and camera supports will also be discussed. People with all types of cameras will find this workshop helpful.

Registration is on Kathy’s website by credit card or PayPal. There is no Promo Code; be sure to check the box that affirms “I am not a robot.”

To register for Feb. 2, click here

BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY 

Saturday, Feb. 3 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (6 hours) 

$75/person Minimum 6, Maximum 20

Learn the basics of photography begin-ning with metering, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We’ll spend time learning about com-position, color har-mony, equipment flash and gadgets. This class is designed for DSLR, mirrorless and hybrid cameras. People with small point-and-shoot cameras are welcome to attend, but some items might not apply to those cameras.

Please bring your coffee, snacks, water and lunch to this all-day workshop.

To register for Feb. 3, click here:

Registration is on Kathy’s website by credit card or PayPal. There is no Promo Code; be sure to check the box that affirms “I am not a robot.”

The SA Zoo Community Room is in the Donkey Barn office building. Here’s a link to a map of the location.

To get to the parking lot you turn onto Brackenridge Rd. from Hildebrand and take the first right, then an immediate second right into the parking lot. The Com-munity Room is on the side of the Donkey Barn build-ing nearest Brackenridge Rd.

Kathy will supply all workshop materials with the ex-ception of your camera. All workshop activities will be presented in a classroom setting.

We anticipate that these workshops will fill up quickly, so don’t delay if you want to attend.

Questions? Contact Patsy Inglet for info:(tpinglet@satx.rr.com). Hope to see you there!

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