2:30 pm – social time and silent auction
3:00- 5:00 pm- meeting and program
Acclaimed nature photographer, Bob Schamerhorn, presents “Attracting Birds with Water". Please join us for this special program at our Annual Membership Meeting. We’ll also have a silent auction, refreshments and Birdathon awards.
Birds, like all other animals, prefer habitat that meets ALL their basic survival needs: food, shelter and WATER! They depend on water for hydration, hygiene, to maintain body temperature and to condition their feathers for flight. Having a consistent, reliable, clean running water source in a backyard garden will attract a greater assortment of birds. This is especially true for the many species that do not eat seed at all. Each different season will bring varying species and changed plumages, whether it is winter, breeding season, spring or fall migration.
In one Richmond, Virginia backyard alone, the addition of this simple birdbath system has attracted 79 species! It even runs in sub-freezing temperatures, providing this essential resource, even when everything else is frozen solid. This highly favored multimedia program provides proof of that diversity as the birds drink, bath and splash around in the "The Bird Spa". The program includes the water feature's simple design and a complete parts list, plus shows how to install one. Come see how a little water can greatly improve the local habitat and your enjoyment of nature, right in your own backyard..
Bob Schamerhorn, a Virginia native, has had an innate passion for nature and art since childhood. He was mentored throughout his youth by generous members of the Lynchburg Bird Club, who regularly participated in Virginia Society of Ornithology (VSO) outings as well. He is a three time alumni of the Virginia Garden Club’s Nature Camp. After graduating from E.C. Glass High School he studied Art and Design at Virginia Tech and has worked in art related fields ever since. He is the owner/operator of Infinity Graphics, a business which was started in Bedford County in 1996 and moved to Richmond in 2006. The emergence of digital photography inspired a reconnection with nature photography in 2003. Since then, his images of nature have won several awards and appeared in numerous publications. His photography is regularly displayed at art festivals and is published as note cards, fine art prints and an annual calendar. In 2006 he began a weekly photo-blog at iPhotoBirds.com which reaches over a thousand recipients each week. He is a member of the Audubon Society, the Colonial Nature Photography Club and Virginia Society of Ornithology. His hope is to educate and to inspire the conservation of nature by capturing and sharing its beauty. He considers himself, “An enthusiast, not an expert!”