2012 Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest Just Around the Corner!

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The 2012 Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest is just around the corner! And, there are still tickets available for several programs and tours led by some of the world’s best bird and nature photographers during the 10th Annual Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest, April 25 – 29, 2012.

Headquartered on the campus of the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience located on the Intracoastal Waterway south of St. Augustine, the Festival is one of the most celebrated of its kind in the nation, with attendees and participants flocking in from all over the world. For photographers – from beginner to professional – this is an opportunity to sharpen skills with lessons from true masters. For birders, it’s a chance to gather with fellow enthusiasts and marvel at the incredible diversity of species here in northeast Florida.

The 2012 Festival features more than 100 exciting birding and outdoor photography events including presentations on migration, warbler and shorebird identification, as well as photography field workshops and classroom sessions. .

Workshop presenters include a “Who’s Who” of the best in the business with credentials and experience that clearly establishes them as “world class” outdoor photographers. New to the festival this year are George Lepp, one of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers and a leader in the field of digital imaging, and Mike Moats, an award winning professional nature photographer who specializes in macro photography, or as he calls it, “tiny landscapes”. Other popular photography presenters returning to this year’s festival include Tim Grey, Chas Glatzer, Kevin Karlson, Greg Downing, Maxis Gamez, Deb Sandidge, Vinny Colucci and Melissa Southern.

In addition to the photography programs, more birding events and tours have been added to the festival, including kayak tours led by Ripple Effect Eco Tours and boat tours led by St. Augustine Eco Tours, as well as a series of trips led by world-renowned professional birding guides from Tropical Birding Tours.

Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest is organized and hosted by St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches.

Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast features historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches – the same beaches that greeted Ponce de Leon in 1513 when he discovered and named La Florida – an area whose boundaries included what would later become the eastern United States. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaways and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.

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