Audubon Society to hold bird photography event

From staff reports

Seneca Rocks Audubon will hold a bird photography event titled “Winging It” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Clarion Free Library.

The event will be held in the library’s lower-level conference room. There is no admission fee for the event, which is open to the public.

The program will feature Greg Clary, a hobbyist photographer and casual birder who has had a lifelong affinity for the outdoors.

Born and raised in Turkey Creek, West Virginia, Clary earned degrees in rehabilitation and counseling from Marshall University and a Ph.D. in special education from Kent State University.

Clary, who lives in Sligo, retired from Clarion University after 36 years of faculty service.

Clary said his retirement coincided with a new interest in photography, particularly that of wildlife. He spent many years as an avid hunter, but he said shooting with the camera gradually gained more appeal than using a firearm.

Proximity to the nearby Piney Tract, the Clarion River, northwestern Pennsylvania forests, and a locally resurgent bald eagle population served as prompts to pursue his interest in photography.

Clary returns often to his cabin on the family home place in West Virginia. The property is adjacent to the Greenbottom Wildlife Management Area, site of West Virginia’s largest natural wetlands.

Its location along the Ohio River flyway serves as a common resting area for migratory birds of all types and a favorite locale for birders, naturalists and photographers.

This program will highlight a sampling of Clary’s “stumbling around with a camera in my hand,” in Clarion County, northwest Pennsylvania, and southern West Virginia.

Clary’s photographs have been published in numerous publications.

Seneca Rocks Audubon is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. More information about its educational programs and conservation projects can be found at its website,


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