Capturing the Essence of a Pine Savanna for Beginning Photographers @ Grand Bay Coastal Resources Center
Jun 3 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Who – Beginning nature photographer interested in photographing our native habitat and it’s compon
What – Our wet, southern pine savannas that are maintained by frequent fire are a real habitat gem.  While they may appear uniform from a distance, they contain a striking diversity of plants and endemic wildlife while offering open views that are difficult to find in most southern forests.  We will begin with a presentation about pine savannas and nature photography inside before venturing outside to create our own images.  We will likely focus on scenic and floral images, but will certainly take advantage of other opportunities that are available.
Expectation – Participants should expect to leave with an increased knowledge of our wet pine savannas and how to use their cameras, as well as a few representative images of the wet pine savanna at Grand Bay.
Leader – Robert Smith is the Coastal Program Coordinator for Wildlife Mississippi with a background in forest and wildlife management.  Robert has been working in and photographing our southern, frequently burned pineywoods for over 20 years, and leading photographic workshops in these habitats for 8 years.
What to Bring – Rubber boots/mud shoes, ground mat or bag to kneel or lay on, camera gear (body, lenses, tripod, lighting).  Depending on what images you wish to capture, there are opportunities to use wide angle, short telephoto, macro, and long telephoto lenses.  While participants digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras will get the most from the workshop, participants who use point-and-shoot or other cameras are welcome as well.
Trip Rigor – Easy to Moderate – participants can stay on level, open ground or venture into uneven, mucky terrain in search of photo opportunities.

Registration is required and space is limited

To register, contact Dennis McGrury: (228)523-4190 or

ADVANCED TOPICS IN PLANT IDENTIFICATION @ Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Jun 6 @ 8:00 am – Jun 8 @ 5:00 pm

Announcing a 3-day Advanced Topics in Plant Identification Course at the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The course emphasizes the dominant plant species found in wetlands, adjacent uplands, and the transition zone between the two. Field sites will include a variety of habitat types in the coastal area. Most of the course time will be spent in the field seeing, discussing, and identifying plants. Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your knowledge of coastal flora.
Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of general botany and plant terminology. Participants should bring hand lens and other tools of the trade for use in the field. Course material includes a notebook of training information. Participants are encouraged to bring with them plant guides/manuals with which they are familiar.
Since the majority of class time will be in the field, participants need to be prepared to be outdoors. Only severe weather will keep the class from getting into the field. Bring gear for a variety of weather conditions just in case. Remember sunscreen and bug repellant.
The course will be held at Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, in between Fairhope and Foley, Alabama on US Highway 98. Address is 11300 US 98, Fairhope, AL 36532. We will convene at the Reserve each day prior to going into the field. Directions and a list of local accommodations are available upon request.
Registration must be completed online at:
Follow registration instructions on the Eventbrite page. The fee for this training is $85 and covers lunches, and course materials. Registration closes on June 1, 2017 unless otherwise indicated. There is NO REFUND OF REGISTRATION FEE AFTER THE CLOSE OF REGISTRATION DATE. Course organizer reserves the right to cancel the course at their discretion. In that case, full refunds will be honored. Registration fee should be paid prior to start of the training. To pay with a check or purchase order number, contact Mike Shelton, 251‐928‐9792.

June 2017 Plant ID Course Announcement Final


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