If you are a friend of the Feather River Land Trust, you have likely seen breathtaking photos of birds and sweeping landscapes gracing our website, e-newsletter, and annual reports, like this image of the sky reflected in Sierra Valley wetlands:

Sky reflects on the Sierra Valley wetlands by Andy Wright

Or this image of American White-Pelicans soaring:

Pelicans soar over Sierra Valley wetlands by Andy Wright

Today, we'd like to introduce you to the artist behind so many of these images. Over the last 5 or 6 years, landscape and wildlife photographer Andy Wright of LightHawkPhoto has generously donated the use of his stunning photos to inspire love of the Feather River Country and support for FRLT's efforts to conserve it.

Photographer Andy Wright with his dog Callie

Perhaps you remember our video slideshow announcing conservation of the Sierra Valley Preserve in 2016. The majority of photos featured are Andy's: 

For the last ten years, Andy has been visiting and photographing the wildlife and wonder of Sierra Valley, what he describes as "a great swath of beauty and open space." We are grateful that he chooses to share that beauty with us.

Explore more of Andy's stunning photos of birds in Sierra Valley here:  www.lighthawkphoto.com/Nature/Birds/Sierra-Valley-Birds


Andy Wright in kayak at Sierra Valley Preserve

Why the Feather River Land Trust?

We asked Andy why he chooses to support the Feather River Land Trust so generously with his art:

FRLT is amazingly effective for the sheer acreage they have been able to conserve. Sierra Valley and its wildlife is stunning. It's an area I love to visit and I value that FRLT is conserving private lands and making some of them available for visitors. I'm a big believer in what FRLT is doing. They have a fantastic team. I want to use my images to support FRLT's conservation ideals. I am honored to be a partner and do my small part.

A winning image can do so much to inspire a love of place and conservation. A favorite for those of us at the land trust is this image, symbolic not only of our work to conserve threatened habitat for sensitive species like the Sandhill Crane, but also of our community of friends working together to conserve this beloved place.

Blackbird on Crane back by Andy Wright

Thank you, Andy, for capturing the beauty of Sierra Valley, and for inspiring so many of us to work to conserve it!

To see more of Andy's photography and to purchase prints visit: www.lighthawkphoto.com

Thursday, February 8, 2018