I posted something in the Monthly Collections topic and said I would repost some of that here so anyone interested in this "Birds of Prey" workshop would easily be able to find it. I know some of you are a long way from Howell, but there are folks that come a long way for this including from OH, IL and Canada. If you combine it with a trip to the Shiawassee NWR it would make for a really nice weekend. Here is the repost with some additional photos to show some of the different set-ups they have used in the past. Also the website for the Nature Center is below.
What I am talking about is a program the HNC runs about 4-6 times a year to generate revenue for the center. Their main purpose is to rehab birds that have been injured, fallen from the next, etc. and return them to the wild, however, there are birds that cannot be returned due to serious injuries like unfixable wings or a missing eye. These birds are then kept at the HNC and used for education purposes with schools and such. They are very well taken care of. The program they run is a Photography Workshop that is hosted by professional nature and wildlife photographer Steve Gettle out of the Brighton, MI area. Steve gives an hour long presentation which is very good and varies from one workshop to the next. This presentation is followed by a very good lunch provided as part of the fee and then following lunch you get to photograph 'birds of prey' in natural settings. They really do a good job to make the set ups look as natural as possible and to hide the tethers the birds wear. You have 4 to 5 hours to photograph the birds which include various Owls, Hawks and a Bald Eagle. It is a very interesting program and currently runs $75 for the day, which again includes lunch. Steve and others are there to help with your photography questions and it is a very nice atmosphere. They normally run the workshops on a Saturday and Sunday a couple times a year in October then again in January and sometimes February. I will include the HNC website in the repost on the Events and Activities thread.
Howell Nature Center website is howellnaturecenter.org
Photos to follow are of captive birds taken at the Howell Nature Center
Great Horned Owl
Gray Screech Owl
I will update this thread once I hear about the next workshops in case anyone is interested. You can also sign up for email updates from HNC via their website.
Hope you enjoyed the photos and have a good evening,