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Wildlife Photography in National Wildlife Refuges

In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt established the first national wildlife refuge on Pelican Island in Florida. Today there are more than 560 national wildlife refuges in the U.S. with at least one in every state. Professional and award-winning nature photographer, Dawn Wilson, is on a mission to visit each refuge and document some of the reasons why the National Wildlife Refuge System is so important for our wildlife. During this presentation, Dawn will talk about the refuges she has visited, share some of her experiences at the refuges, talk about photographing in the refuges, and ideas for some of the best refuges for photography.

Date: Friday, February 11th, 2022
Time: 4:30 MDT
Cost: $15 + $3 registration fee
We are proud to work with Hunt’s Photo and Video on this exciting webinar.

Dawn Wilson is a professional and award-winning nature photographer specializing in images and stories about wildlife of high latitudes and high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains and Alaska. Dawn’s text and photography has appeared in numerous regional and national publications, including Colorado LifeColorado OutdoorsWyoming WildlifeOutdoor PhotographerMotorHome magazine, Nature’s Best Photography, and many others. In addition to her editorial work, Dawn leads multiple workshops each year to photograph wildlife, such as brown bears in Alaska and birds of Louisiana. She also leads photo tours in Rocky Mountain National Park. She currently serves as President of the North American Nature Photography Association.

Photographing Birds on the Wing

Join Ruth Hoyt as she shares her knowledge and tips on photographing birds in flight. In this program you will learn about birds, bird behavior, techniques for capturing flight shots and using sound, ethical methods for doing so.

In addition, Ruth discusses differences in camera gear and techniques she uses when photographing from photo blinds versus when working in the field. Be prepared to enjoy a bonus in the program, which reveals photos of her using her float tube blind and kayak for working on various birds in and near water.

Date: Wednesday, March 30th, 2022
Time: 2:30 MDT
Cost: $15 + $3 registration fee
We are proud to work with Hunt’s Photo and Video on this exciting webinar.

Ruth Hoyt is a full-time professional nature photographer, writer, public speaker, workshop leader, coach and consultant with 30+ years of experience teaching nature photography. She is also a Certified Interpretive Guide (national) and Certified Texas Master Naturalist (through Texas Parks & Wildlife), certified in both since 2009.

She is best known for her Texas bird photography and professional guiding services and workshops on private south Texas ranches, but she also pursues landscape, flora, macro, night and much more in locations across the United States.

Ruth used her Canon 1DX Mark III DSLR until last year when she purchased a new Canon R5 mirrorless camera. She uses an iPhone and DJI Phantom drone for selected subjects.

Her work includes large canvas gallery-wrapped prints as well as mounted prints using archival, museum-quality paper. Her work can be seen in permanent public locations in various states as well as Texas hospitals, private offices and visitors’ centers.

For current work, visit her Instagram account at @ruthhoytphoto or visit her studio at the McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main Street, McAllen, Texas. Contact her through her website at, phone at (956) 330-2900 or email at