Luciano Guerra presents interactive program for December Nature Talk

Photo by Luciano Guerra

Birding is accessible to everyone, according to Luciano Guerra. You can even bird from your computer.

“I’m trying to get people to realize birding is something anyone can do…you can even bird online by viewing live streaming video that’s now available at many of the birding sites locally and around the world,” the Mission native said.

Guerra will present his tips and tricks for birding at local sites, when he presents Birding Texas Style in the Rio Grande Valley at the Braught Theater (525 W. Kansas Ave. in Weslaco) on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 6 p.m. The program is part of the Nature Talk Series, sponsored by Frontera Audubon Society and the Mayor Joe V. Sanchez Public Library. The event is free to the public.

“This program is not just for birders, it’s for anyone who likes to be outdoors and enjoys native wildlife and birds,” Guerra said.

His slideshow presentation will showcase his award-winning photos of South Texas wildlife. The program will explore birds of the Rio Grande Valley, background information about the photos, photography tips, and an interactive birding-by-ear activity.

“I try to make the presentation entertaining so it’s not just a slide show, it’s interactive and people will have a chance to participate,” Guerra said.

The wildlife photographer says his love for nature and photography began when he received his first camera in high school. It wasn’t until he entered the Valley Land Fund wildlife photo contest in 1994 that he truly began to refine his craft. In 2004 Guerra won Best of Contest and the People’s Choice award in the Small Tract Competition.

Guerra says his goal is to inspire people to enjoy nature by informing about local natural resources.

“Nature is so accessible here in the Valley, and many locals tend to take it for granted, but people visit from all over the world to enjoy the beauty that is so freely available to us,” he said.

To view a sample of Guerra’s photos, visit http://www.BugsBirdsAndBeyond.com. For more information about this and other programs, call Frontera Audubon at (956) 968-3275.

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