For the fifth season in a row San-Cap Audubon’s 2019 lecture season kicks-off with Shawn Carey, wildlife photographer, educator, guide and cofounder of the video company, Migration Productions, presenting a program entitled “Looking Through the Lens”, Observations of a Wildlife Photographer.

Join Shawn at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, as he uses his exquisite photos to highlight many of the remarkable personal discoveries he has made on his numerous trips to prime worldwide wildlife locations.

Birds and other wildlife have fascinated people for all of recorded history. This interest has lead to cave paintings, illustrations, sculptures, wood carvings, photographs, videos and audio recordings. However, use of the recent vast improvements in digital technology has allowed people to capture photos and videos never imagined before. Join Shawn as he explores some of the observations he has made over the last 25 years and shares many memorable moments from his travels in the US and abroad. Anything from the sounds of a Bobolink and Marsh Wren as they sing to attract a mate in early spring to what it’s like to stand on the North Lookout at Hawk Mountain in late October waiting for migrating raptors, or to watch the spectacle of thousands of Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes at Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico may be covered.

Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Shawn Carey moved to Cambridge, MA in 1986 and started watching birds in 1988. He has been photographing birds and other wildlife for about 20 years and has been teaching wildlife photography for Mass Audubon for over 12 years. Shawn is on the board of Directors for Eastern Massachusetts Hawk Watch where he serves as their Vice President. He's been on the advisory board for the Massachusetts Audubon Society and Massachusetts Audubon Visual Arts Center. Shawn co-founded Migration Productions in 1996, and also provides most of digital photography used in their productions. "I love the natural world. If it walks, crawls, flies, swims or slithers, I'll photograph it" says Shawn, and he means it!

This is the first of nine Sanibel-Captiva Audubon lectures to be held in 2019 on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. at the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. As always, all are welcome to attend. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and parking is available at the Community House as well as across Periwinkle Way in the Herb Strauss Theater parking area. A $10 donation per attendee is appreciated with proceeds after costs being used to promote conservation on Sanibel and in Florida. For additional information, call Bill Jacobson at (239) 395-1878 or visit the San-Cap Audubon Web site at www.san-capaudubon.org.