2017 05 ToddOn May 16, 2017, at Central Chapter in Griffin, GA, Todd Schneider will talk about photographing wildlife in Georgia.  He will also talk about talk about our ethical responsibilities as he explains biological and legal ramifications of using some types of wildlife attraction (e.g., recorded call playback for birds), camera equipment (e.g., flash), and potential disturbance/harassment of wildlife.   The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM at the Women’s Center, Spalding Regional Hospital. Members as well as interested potential members are invited.

A native of Wisconsin, Todd attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he received a B.S. in biology in 1984 and an M.S. in ecology in 1992. His thesis research examined the effects of certain forest management practices on forest songbirds. He worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 1985-1993 as a fisheries technician and fisheries biologist.

Since 1993, he has been a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Nongame Conservation Section where he specializes in bird conservation issues. From 1993-2010 he served as the Georgia Breeding Bird Atlas Project coordinator, and since 1996, the state Breeding Bird Survey coordinator. He was co-chair of the bird subcommittee that helped draft the first Georgia State Wildlife Action Plan in 2005, as well as its subsequent revision in 2015. In addition, Todd has been involved in numerous state, regional, and national conservation initiatives, including Partners in Flight, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, the International Shorebird Survey, the National Secretive Marshbird Monitoring Program, the Northern Bobwhite Quail Conservation Initiative, the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, and many others. 

He lives in Macon with his wife Jane and sons Eric (junior at Mercer University) and Evan (college freshman).

For more information about Georgia Nature Photographers Association, please check out their web site, www.gnpa.org and click on the "central chapter".