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Wildlife Photography: Part 1 – Code of Ethics

by Deb Tappan “Whether you’re out hiking in the backcountry or sightseeing from your car, having a chance encounter with wildlife is a magnificent and treasured moment. Watching little elk calves speed running zigzag among the herd or glimpsing a bear munching on glacier lilies are sights that captivate and inspire us all.”   – Deb For many however, the experience is so overpowering they lose sight of the fact that the subject of their admiration is a wild creature. Yes, […]

Wildlife Photography: Part 2 – Tips to Get You Started

by Deb Tappan “Exploring wilderness areas and viewing wildlife in all its varied forms is a thrilling experience. You have the opportunity to witness the intricacies of our natural environment and the interplay of species and habitats. What a delight! To capture any of it photographically is a special treat. No need to ask why I do it; no need to wonder why I tote camera bodies, lenses, tripod, extra batteries, along with the other essentials (water, etc.) while hiking. […]

Wildlife Photography: Part 3 – The Issue of Baiting Wildlife

by Deb Tappan The idea of using attractants, known as baiting, to photograph wildlife is a controversial one. Baiting wild animals is dangerous for both the photographer and animal. There are those who choose to bait but with that approach comes great responsibility. At the very least, you are training wild animals to disregard their natural protective instincts when you bait. At the very worst, you are causing them to become dependent on a food source that you alone are […]

Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics

We’d like to thank the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics for allowing us to post their Leave No Trace Principles here. To learn more about how you can minimize your impact when visiting wilderness areas, go to: Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. – Cheers, DST Plan Ahead and Prepare: Know the regulations and special concerns for the area you’ll visit. Prepare for extreme weather, hazards, and emergencies. Schedule your trip to avoid times of high use. […]

Species Tally Update: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

by Deb Tappan UPDATED October 12, 2019: As of October 12, 2019, within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (a UNESCO-MAB World Heritage Site), the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory has identified 1006 species new to science and 9564 species new to the park. In total to date, there are 20050 total species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This inventory includes the study of these species\’ habitats, relationships with similar and disparate species as well as genetics and population […]

Adopt A Pet, Please

By Utah (the dog, not the state) Tappan “Hi everyone! My name is Utah. I’m Deb’s “littlest peanut” and all around dog pal! We’re strong proponents of pet adoption from area shelters and rescues and equally strong opponents to “puppy mills” and the like. Was I adopted? You betcha! But did you know that nationally fewer than 50% of the animals in shelters find homes and that the fate of the others is, sadly, euthanasia? That’s why I’m writing this […]