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on Jun 4, 2009 in Moose's Heroes

Vince Lamb

Vince Lamb, a nature photographer who lives in Merritt Island, Florida, provided landscape and wildlife photos to build support for the purchases of two conservation land properties near the Indian River Lagoon – totaling more than 1800 acres.  Slideshows with these photos were shown at County Commission meetings where the purchases were approved unanimously.   Following Moose Peterson’s recommendation to work with biologists, Vince has established relationships with some exceptional biologists.  Vince was invited to work on an experimental translocation project for families of Florida Scrub-jays, a species listed as Threatened on the federal Endangered Species List.  His photos from this project are being used to create public awareness of this project.   Another biologist invited Vince to photograph Red-cockaded Woodpeckers to capture activities performed at a Florida State Park under a recovery plan for this endangered species.  Photos were taken to record band information when these woodpeckers return to their nest cavities in old growth pines.  Other photos have been taken of nest checking.  Banding of young chicks...

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on Jun 4, 2009 in Moose's Heroes

Tim Paine

Like most young boys I had a fascination with dinosaurs. I remember my disappointment when I realized I would never see these giant reptiles covered in armored plates, spikes, shields, and other body ornaments. However, I grew up a few blocks from the old California Academy of Sciences and spent many summer days with my nose pressed against glass cages filled with cobras, exotic lizards, and brightly colored amphibians. Looking closely I saw the same fantastic colors and shapes I saw in my dinosaur books – only smaller. This began my study in reptiles and amphibians that continues to this day. Over the years I watched as conservation issues centered around cuddly mammals or brilliant birds while most reptiles and amphibians were feared, shunned, and misunderstood. Now I spend a good deal of time observing these amazing creatures through my camera so I can share their natural grace and beauty that captured the imagination of my youth. Up to one half of the near 6000 known amphibians species are...

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