Upcoming & Past Speakers
April 2, 2020
Peter Brannon photographs birds. He says "There is something relaxing to the spirit in photographing them. Their variety can ensure that the love of the pursuit never ebbs, and the connection in the natural world that occurs can calm and center the mind."
Originally from Nova Scotia, Peter currently resides in Tampa, Florida. His love of birds began with photography and then extended into the world of birding. Although they seem like different hobbies with different skill sets, the two activities actually complement one another. The extended periods of observation that come with photography can heighten your appreciation from species to species as well as recognize and revel in the patterns of behavior that emerge - and these are the moments he strives to capture.
Peter's photographs have received numerous awards and recognition from the National Audubon Society. They have also been recognized by Nature's Best Photography, and have been featured in numerous publications internationally. Join us on April 2nd for a journey through Peter's photography, as he shares the techniques that he uses and likes.
February 6, 2020
Pam Deneve & Polly
Pam is a volunteer and head ‘tortoise wrangler’ at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, a favorite birding spot for TAS members. Until last year, she was also a member of the TAS Board of Directors until Polly stole her heart!
Join us on February 6th to learn why the Gopher Tortoise is such an important, enigmatic species! Polly the Gopher Tortoise will be in attendance to demonstrate the features that make this species so unique.
November 7, 2019
John Lampkin is an avid citizen naturalist and Nature Photographer. His images adorn many websites, scientific books, journals, newsletters and blogs and he writes a “Trail Blazing” column for the local press. Over the past five years, John Lampkin has been photo-documenting not just the birds, but all of the flora and fauna of his Hillsborough home turf. In our November meeting, he will share his images and insights with us, answering such questions as:
How do our critters survive in an urban environment?
What are the challenges our feathered fauna face and how can we best help them?
How many Swamp Eels can a Little Blue Heron catch and eat in an hour?
His obsession with photographing birds and bugs makes him quirky but trust us - he's harmless! Join us on November 7th as John takes us deeper into the world of nature photography.