In the field with wildlife photographer Melissa Groo
Last month, ORI had the privilege of hosting world-renowned wildlife photographer Melissa Groo. Melissa is an expert in photographing sensitive species including owls, and she's been a great supporter of our work- not to mention a wonderful friend to ORI throughout the years! We are always delighted when she visits us here in Montana.
We invited her to help us document the nest sites, habitat, and behavior of Great Gray Owls in our study area. The photo documentation Melissa captured will be given to forest managers to help them accurately identify and locate suitable habitat for nesting owls. Beth and Melissa are also collaborating on an article about the importance of snags and nesting structures for the iconic Great Gray Owl.
During Melissa’s time here this spring she visited several Great Gray Owl nests, and with the help of our researchers, used her ethical wildlife photography knowledge and techniques to capture rare photos of these animals. Melissa truly feels a connection with animals and would do anything to protect wildlife, and we are lucky to have her on our team!
As always, ORI's primary goals are focused on owl conservation through research and education. Using methods such as photography can help achieve these goals.
Wildlife photography has unfortunately become another form of recreation that has the potential to damage wildlife and habitats. It also has the potential to advance conservation and bring awe, appreciation, and understanding for species rarely seen. Over her career, Melissa has contributed immensely to the conversation and guidelines around ethical bird photography. Not only has she helped create the National Audubon Society's Guide to Ethical Bird Photography, she also serves on ethics committees for various national and international photography associations and has written numerous articles about bird photography ethics.
To learn more about Melissa's work and learn more about ethical bird photography, visit her website: https://www.melissagroo.com/index.php
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