Local Birds of Prey to be featured at the Bradford-Sullivan Forest Landowners’ Association annual dinner

Don’t miss this year’s Bradford-Sullivan Forest Landowners’ Association (BSFLA) Annual Dinner planned for Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Towanda Gun Club in Durrell. This year’s program will feature our local birds of prey with photographs by the Northern Tier’s eminent wildlife photographer Dick Allyn, and additional commentary about recent studies of the local eagle population by the Bradford County Conservation District’s Tony Ligouri.

The evening will begin with a dairy / maple social hour presented by the Bradford and Sullivan County Dairy Princesses and the Pennsylvania Maple Sweetheart, and a silent auction benefiting the BSFLA Scholarship Fund. A buffet dinner will take place at 7 p.m.

Dick Allyn is a full-time professional nature photographer from Sheshequin who specializes in wildlife and landscapes. He acquired an early enthusiasm for wildlife and the outdoors while growing up in the Susquehanna River valley of northeastern Pennsylvania. In 1978 he began his photographic career and discovered a new passion for expressing the natural wonders of the area he lives in.

While Mr. Allyn has done photographic work all over North America, Europe, Japan and New Zealand, his work concentrates on the birds, animals, and landscapes of Pennsylvania.

Dick strongly believes that to capture an honest and beautiful image of the nature of a place or a living creature, he should use only his patience, perseverance, and knowledge of nature, light, and the camera. The animals and birds he records on film are not done in a “controlled environment”, but in all the challenges of the wild.

Though his sharp, detailed and colorful images of familiar songbirds and woodpeckers are very popular, he is especially proud of his work with nesting predatory birds. His patience to achieve the right shot is exemplified with a goshawk photograph taken from a height of 55 feet that came after a seven hour wait. Some of these images are on display at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton, Pa., and the Adirondack Park Visitors Center, Paul Smiths, NY.

You do not have to be a member of the organization to attend. Cost of the dinner is $12.50, and you can contact the BSFLA Executive Director, Marsha Chase at (570) 363-2388 for reservations.

The Bradford-Sullivan Forest Landowners’ Association is an organization of local forest landowners and individuals interested in forest management from many perspectives. The year 2010 marks the anniversary of their 29th year. Their mission is to serve as an intersection where woodland owners, the general public, industry, government and educators can exchange information on the best management practices for our forests.

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