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Title: Spring Spectacles: When & Where to Find Jaw-Dropping Birds, Blooms & Beasts in the Mid-Atlantic
Learn when and where to find some of the Mid-Atlantic's most jaw-dropping plant and animal life, with nature photographer and Virginia Master Naturalist Barbara Saffir. In this joyful spring jaunt, she'll reveal wildflowers worthy of Monet; a bounty of beasts; and close-up encounters with cobalt-blue, sunflower-yellow and ruby-red breeding birds that visit the DMV each spring. More than half of this "virtual safari" will focus on birds, with award-winning photographs of migratory and resident birds that capture their cool behaviors. Other animals and wildflowers will also make an appearance. You'll learn about curious critters—such as backyard squirrels that "fly" and dazzling bugs typically overlooked by their human neighbors—and wildflower spectacles, including acres of blush-pink blossoms; pink, yellow, and purple native orchids; and miles of perky bluebells meandering along curving creeks.

Mar 15, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Barbara Saffir
Nature Photographer, Author & Virginia Master Naturalist
Barbara J. Saffir (nature photographer, certified Virginia Master Naturalist, and "Walking Washington, D.C." guidebook author) leads natural history and wildlife photography hikes to inspire Earthlings to relish, to value and to protect the treasures they discover. She has led nature, citizen-science, history, and fitness hikes for, and given speeches to, groups around the mid-Atlantic, including her own Nature Photography DC/MD/VA Meetup, the Sierra Club; the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C.; Cultural Tourism D.C.; photography clubs, and public libraries. She is currently a freelance writer and wildlife photographer and a former journalist at the Orlando Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Washington Post. She adores sharing adventures and discoveries that spark people to proclaim: "Wow!" (Photo courtesy of Barbara Saffir)