Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Wildlife institute to host nature photography seminar

KINGSVILLE - September 15, 2006

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

South Texas ranchers are always looking for alternative sources of revenue from their land. The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is hosting a seminar Saturday, Sept. 30, that may provide a new way to use that land.

Nature Photography: A New Source of Income for Ranchers will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Curtis and HP Pinnell Family Memorial Auditorium at the Stephen J. and Janell Kleberg Wildlife Research Park at A&M-Kingsville.

The cost of the seminar is $25 per person. Checks should be made payable to Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest. For more information about registration, call Rhonda Camp at 361-881-9316 or email wildlifephoto@sbcglobal.net.

With more than 90 percent of Texas privately owned, there is no group or government that can buy enough land to protect entire ecosystems. In many cases, wildlife must provide economic benefits to society in order to compete for land use. A successful nature photography business can make wildlife profitable and preserve habitat long-term.

Topics covered in the seminar include Building a New Industry by John Martin, chair of Images for Conservation Fund; Photographic Competitions for Revenue and Education, by Michelle Horine, executive director of Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest and Bob Peterson, vice chair of Images for Conservation Fund and Hill Country rancher; Creating a Successful Photographic Leasing
, by Larry Ditto, professional photographer; and Experience is Education, by Peterson.

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest and Images sponsor the seminar for Conservation Fund.

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