Nature Center's Nature Night Focusing on Photography

Wood River, Neb— The public is invited to enjoy an evening of nature photography at the Crane Trust's Nature Night, next Wednesday night, July 16, at the Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center. Grand Island Convention & Visitors Bureau director and working photographer Brad Mellema will be evening's featured speaker.

As a former director at the Crane Trust and Audubon's Rowe Sanctuary, Mellema's passion for photography and his love of nature have been major themes throughout much of his career. In addition to his position with the convention and visitors bureau, Mellema also teaches photography at Central Community College and is an adjunct professor of photography at Hastings College. His images of nature have been published in a variety of magazines, newspapers, and marketing campaigns.

"I can't think of a better place to talk about nature and photography," says Mellema. "Whether you're talking about the height of crane season in March or the middle of summer, the Crane Trust's nature and visitor center is at the center of one of the finest natural settings in Nebraska."

Wednesday night's photo journey will also include a discussion of different techniques to help amateur and serious photographers alike to improve their wildlife and nature photography.

The evening begins with a potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the featured speaker and discussion from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend just the presentation if they wish. The Crane Trust Nature & Visitor Center is located just south of I-80, at the Alda Exit, #305, 7 miles west of the I-80 / Hwy 281 interchange.

Guests participating in the potluck dinner are asked to bring a dish to share and a beverage of their choice. Iced tea, plates, glasses and utensils will be provided.

The Crane Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and maintenance of critical habitat for cranes and other migratory birds along the Platte River through leading science, habitat management, community outreach, and education.