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San-Cap Audubon to present 'Images to Inspire: Wonderful Wood Warblers'

January 11, 2019
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society's own photographer and scientist, Bill Heyd, returns to present his program "Images to Inspire: Wonderful Wood Warblers," on Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at The Community House, at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Join Heyd as he uses his proprietary photographs and related scientific research to delve into the intimate activities of these unique and very different avian species.

He will bring wood warblers to life in pictures and words. They are especially colorful birds, particularly during migration and breeding in spring and summer. Small in size, they move quickly while foraging in leafy trees or on the ground for caterpillars and insects. There are 51 species of warblers commonly seen in the United States and Canada. Some of the best viewing during spring migration is where large numbers may briefly congregate, such as Magee Marsh on Lake Erie.

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Bill Heyd

For about the last 10 years, Heyd has made his own annual migration to Magee in May. Identification of warblers can be by appearance and, for males, by their vocalizations. Through his pictures, we will see that males and females of some species have somewhat similar plumage, while in others it is quite different. Photographing warblers presents its share of challenges. They move quickly and can prove hard to find in the camera view finder darting from sunlight to shade which require different exposures.

This is the third of nine Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lectures to be held. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and parking is available at The Community House, as well as at the BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.

A $10 donation per attendee is appreciated, with the proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida.

For information, call Bill Jacobson at 239-395-1878 or visit



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