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Maine Audubon Speaker Series: Maine Birds in Their Habitats

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  • Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Location: Gilsland Farm, Greater Portland
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  • Free

Maine Birds in Their Habitats: Connections Through the Lens

Black-capped chickadee © John Rivers

John Rivers spends a lot of time outdoors waiting for the few brief seconds that the birds appear through his lens.  This constant pattern of waiting, watching and listening coupled with periods of observing the birds and the frenzy of getting the shots helps give John an appreciation for the world around us that is hard to see any other way.   Come enjoy John’s images and hear the stories of these experiences.  He will show a range of birds from the oceans to our backyards through all the seasons.  To view John’s work, please visit his website,

John R Rivers grew up in Northeast Harbor, in the shadows of Acadia National Park, where his family moved from Santa Barbara CA when he was three.  His lifelong interest in photography has grown in recent years into a full time avocation.  John’s career as an architect prepared him well for the visual and technical aspects of photography, and his return to Mount Desert, after years of living in other parts of the country, gave him an endless palette to work with.

John’s photographs draw from his own heightened awareness of our surroundings, which is one of the most rewarding aspects of photography.  He enjoys many types of photography including architecture, gardens, landscape and especially birds and other wildlife.  John has spent much of the last two years with his lens focused on birds.  His participation with Downeast Audubon has given him access to wonderfully skilled and knowledgeable birders who have been enormously helpful in expanding his birding capabilities and getting the birds into his viewfinder.  He is known for capturing special moments which bring out the personalities or emotions of the birds.

John speaks regularly about his work to organizations like Maine Audubon.  He displays his work in galleries and solo shows and his photographs are included in displays at Acadia National Park and other organizations.His work will be on exhibit and for sale at Gilsland Farm this fall.  Dates TBA.

Contact: (207) 781-2330