Our speaker this month will be Irene Sacilotto: Life in the Chesapeake Bay - Tangier Island, a Visual Journey
Just south of the Maryland line, in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, lies Tangier Island, VA. It is actually a series of small islands connected by narrow wooden bridges spanning marshes and tidal creeks. From the mainland, it can only be reached by boat or small plane. On its narrow roads, golf carts and bicycles replace cars as the primary mode of transportation. It is a charming community of shop owners and waterman, with many inhabitants making their living on the water as did their ancestors, oystering and crabbing. Recently, Tangier Island has been the focus of news stories as a possible casualty of climate change and sea level rise as each year flooding on the island becomes more frequent and erosion increases. This presentation is a visual journey, compiled from photos that I have taken over the years. It explores life on Tangier and paints a picture of the island, waterman community, and the wildlife that inhabits its marshes, lagoons, and tidal guts. Includes tips on photographing the waterman community and wildlife.
Since 1979, Irene has shared her photographic experiences and love of nature with thousands of individuals through more than 200 photo classes, workshops, lectures, and tours in both the U.S. and abroad including the Brazilian Pantanal, Newfoundland, Falkland Islands, Iceland, Argentina, Chincoteague NWR, Assateague, the Florida Coast, South Texas, South Dakota Badlands, Bosque del Apache NWR, etc. Sponsors have included zoos, nature centers, camera clubs, and conservation organizations such as National Wildlife Federation. For more than 19 years, she has taught photography classes at Johns Hopkins University and other educational institutions and has written “How To” articles on nature photography for national publications such as Outdoor Photographer and Birding. Her images have appeared in magazines, calendars, and books published by National Wildlife Federation, Natural History Society, National Geographic, Audubon, and Sierra Club. Her book, “Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, an Ecological Treasure,” is sold in bookstores nationwide.