LANCASTER — Many winters ago, Peter Christoph built a rustic cabin along a river in an area known as the North Quabbin Woods. It was from this base camp that he developed both a love for birds and his skills in photographing them.
Christoph, a well-known and prominent New England wildlife photographer, speaker, and author from Lancaster, is thrilled to be presenting a narrated slideshow of his favorite bird photographs all taken right here in Massachusetts.
The presentation titled “The Epic Adventures of a New England Bird Photographer” will be held from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the Nathaniel T. Dexter Meeting Room of the Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main St.
Christoph’s program plans to be both entertaining and informative as he shares stories of his photographic adventures and the techniques he uses to capture his images, as well as his favorite places to take photos of birds in their natural habitat.
This passion for capturing birds in their natural habitat, his technical excellence and his artistic vision are revealed in his compelling images. His bird images have received widespread exposure in several magazines and magazine covers.
“By sharing my photos, I hope to help people appreciate, respect, and assist in the conservation of our feathered friends,” he said.
Christoph has taken a special interest in helping to restore the declining American Kestrel population in Massachusetts by installing several kestrel boxes in collaboration with Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife, and the Trustees of Reservations.
“I have a great respect for wildlife and through my presentations I strive to seek to raise awareness of the need to conserve bird habitat,” he said.
Christoph has presented at photography groups nationally and locally, including the Photographic Society of America, New England Camera Club Council and several camera clubs throughout New England.
He is a regular speaker for the Appalachian Mountain Club, Mass Audubon, and the National Wildlife Refuge System, as well as numerous birding clubs and dozens of libraries.
He is chairman of the Massachusetts Camera Naturalists (an invitation-only nature group) and is past president of the Camera Club of Central New England.
Christoph has been the recipient of many prestigious national and international awards and gold medals recognizing his photographic talent and is also responsible for publishing three bird photography books, including his latest “The Art of Bird Photography”.
“Over the course of my several years spent searching for wildlife to photograph, I have had the lucky opportunity to rescue several birds, including red tailed hawks, mockingbird, grackles, mourning dove, mallards, screech owl, and barred owl,” Christoph said. “This is definitely one of the perks of my job that I love most.”
This program is funded by Greater Worcester Community Foundation’s Rosemary Davis Memorial Grant.
Rosemary Davis was a Lancaster resident who loved animals and wildlife. Neighbors recall she often carried biscuits in her pockets to feed pets or strays as she walked her neighborhood. She contributed regularly to nature and wildlife protection causes.
The fund makes grants to nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools to protect animals and to educate Central Massachusetts residents on topics of wildlife, nature, and environmental science.
Registration for this event is required. To register or learn more, visit thayermemoriallibrary.org or call 978-368-8928. In the event of inclement weather, the presentation will happen on Jan. 31. For more information on Christoph visit peterchristoph.com.