Florida Keys National Key Deer Refuge biologist Chad Anderson is a seventh-generation Floridian who was born in St. Petersburg. The rapid development of Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas pushed him toward a career in environmental science.
After years of kayaking and hiking, Anderson decided to start bringing a camera along on his adventures. A passion grew instantly. Anderson is the administrator and founder of Florida Conservation Photographers, a nonprofit group dedicated to highlighting conservation issues, supporting science and raising funds for worthy projects.
Check out Andersons photography at www.exposingfloridaphotography.net.
Joy Tatgenhorst has been an environmental educator for 30 years with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, giving interactive programs on the coral reef to children of all ages.
She has a bachelors degree in biology and environmental studies. In years past, she was a partner in a kayak tour business in Marathon.
Tatgenhorst is on the executive committee of the Monroe County Environmental Education Advisory Council, a founding member of the Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival, and has served on the City of Marathons Green Committee for the past six years.
Mark Hedden has lived in the Florida Keys for 20 years. He took up casual birding in his late 20s and soon realized he wasnt interested in doing much else with his time. He has worked as a hawk trapper for the Florida Keys Raptor Migration Project (now called the Florida Keys Hawkwatch), meaning he has been either bitten or taloned by eight species of raptors, his favorite being the Peregrine Falcon. He has also worked as a hawk counter for the project, which drew less blood. Hedden wrote a weekly newspaper column about birds for six years, and has also written for BirdWatching Magazine, Birders' World, Bird Watcher's Digest, the Miami Herald and the Washington Post. He began guiding locally in 2003, and has guided many trips to the Dry Tortugas. He is the former owner of Caligo Ventures (www.caligo.com), which runs bird tours all over the world, but specializes in trips based at the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad & Tobago. Hedden is also a writer-in-residence at The Studios of Key West.
Peter Frezza is Research Manager-Everglades Region at Audubon of Floridas Tavernier Science Center, where research focuses on Everglades restoration initiatives and how modifications to freshwater flow are affecting plant, fish and bird life in the downstream coastal mangrove zone and Florida Bay.
Frezza received a bachelors degree in Environmental Resource Analysis from Florida Atlantic University in December 1998 and a masters degree in Environmental Science from Florida Atlantic University in December 2000, where his studies focused on coastal processes and landscape ecology of southeastern Florida. He has worked as a biologist with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on the Sport Fish Restoration project. Upon finishing graduate school, he was hired by Audubon of Florida to work as a scientist at Audubons Tavernier Science Center. He has been with Audubon Florida since January 2001.
DICK FORTUNE & SARA LOPEZ
Former keynote speakers South Florida photographers Dick Fortune and Sara Lopez of Through the Lens gallery return to this years Florida Keys Birding & Wildlife Festival to share their expertise with festivalgoers.
Bring your cameras and join Sara and Dick on Saturday, Sept. 28, as they host a photography tutorial, Photography in the Forest, at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. On Sunday, Sept. 29, Fortune and Lopez will lead a group of up to 20 people on a trip to Dry Tortugas National Park as they share some of the secrets of professional wildlife photography.
Dick Fortunes outlook and thirst for adventure have given him a different perspective when looking through the lens. He has an uncanny eye for raw beauty that is more fine art than photography.
Sara Lopezs intuitive sense of what is beautiful when she looks through the lens allows her to capture her subjects essence as they come alive in her images. They have been recognized with numerous photography awards. Fortune and Lopez promote photographic practices that respect and protect wildlife by discouraging harassment, feeding or provocation of any kind. See their images online at www.throughthelensgallery.com.