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Nesting Bald Eagles of Smith Rock State Park

Five seasons, nature photographer George Lepp has followed the nesting bald eagles of Smith Rock State Park. Working from a respectful distance of some 200 feet, Lepp uses the latest digital technology to capture close-up still and video images of the nesting cycle, including intimate portraits of the tiny, newly hatched eaglets and behavioral studies of activities including feeding, sibling rivalry, flight development, and fledging. In this special program for the East Cascades Audubon Society, Lepp shares the insights and images he’s gathered from more than 500 hours of observation and photography of the eagle nest and its inhabitants.

 One of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers and a leader in the field of digital imaging, George Lepp is the author of many books and hundreds of nationally and internationally published articles about the creative, ethical, and technical aspects of nature photography. He is field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine, where his “Tech Tips” column is widely read. His photography is extensively published and exhibited, and represented by Getty Images, Corbis, AgStock, and Photo Researchers. Lepp is one of the first members of Canon USA’s Explorers of Light program, featuring the industry’s most influential photographers. He has presented hundreds of lectures and led workshops all over the world, and often serves as a judge of international photography competitions. A founder and fellow of the North American Nature Photographers Association (NANPA), Lepp has won many awards for his work, including Photo Media’s Photography Person of the Year and the Photographic Society of America’s prestigious Progress Award. First trained in wildlife and wildlands management, Lepp later earned a BA and honorary MSc from Brooks Institute of Photography. George and his wife and collaborator, Kathryn Vincent Lepp, live in Bend, Oregon and can be contacted at

Location: The Environmental Center, 16 N/W Kansas, Bend, Oregon 97701

Time: Social gathering time is from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Programs begin at 7:00 p.m. and usually last until 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public. You do not need to be a member of any group to attend.