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Visitors can get acquainted with the most important species of owls and woodpeckers in North America at a new exhibit being hosted at the National Center for Nature Photography in Secor Metropark, located at 10001 W. Central Ave., Berkey, six miles west of US 23/I-475.

The exhibit, “The Owl & the Woodpecker,” includes photos, information and evocative audio recordings that illustrate how the birds define and enrich the specific habitats on which they depend, and the critical importance of conserving those habitats.

The traveling exhibit from the Burke Museum in Seattle is on view Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. November through February. Admission is free.

yellow shafted northern fli

The photo of a yellow-shafted Northern Flicker, startled
to find his mate poking her head from their cavity just
as he arrives, is part of the new “The Owl & the Wood-
pecker” at the National Center for Nature Photography
at Secor Metropark.  (Photo by Paul Bannick)

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Saturday, Nov. 2 from 1-3 p.m. At 2 p.m., Nature’s Nursery will present a program featuring live owls.

The “Owl & the Woodpecker” is based on a book of the same title by Seattle photographer and author Paul Bannick, known for his intimate wildlife photography, which supports environmental conservation efforts. His work has appeared in Audubon magazine, the National Wildlife Federation Guide to North American Birds, Smithsonian Guide to North American Birds, and in a number of other books, magazines, parks, refuges, and other places in North America and Europe.

Exhibit highlights include:
• Twenty-five large-format, framed color prints by Bannick;

• Text descriptions of each bird, written by the photographer, plus several thematic text panels that highlight the conservation issues affecting different owl and woodpecker habitats across North America;

• Audio recordings of the calls and drumming sounds of the birds featured in the photographs.

The exhibit was organized by the Burke Museum, University of Washington, created with Paul Bannick and Braided River, a partner of The Mountaineers Books. Sponsorship of the local presentation of The Owl & the Woodpecker was provided by Metroparks.


Local artist asked to exhibit
Two other exhibits will also be on display November through February, including “A View from the Light,” by local nature photographer Maggi Dandar, a frequent winner in the Metroparks’ annual photography contest.

The other exhibit, “Trees: A Photographic Celebration”  by Ohio landscape photographer Ian Adams, features 83 photographs taken through the seasons in Ohio and 13 other states.

Dandar, of Curtice, has been photographing the beauty of light for more than 20 years, winning several awards for her evocative photos.

As a favorite participant in the Center’s annual Celebrating Nature through Photography Contests, she was invited to exhibit a selection of her favorite images.

“I didn’t see it coming,” Dandar said of the invitation to exhibit her  photos at the show. “When they contacted me I said, ‘Are you sure?’

Among the photos featured are “Crossing Over,” “Leaving the Herd” and “Burnt Sunrise.”

“They’re all symbolic – they mean different things to me,” she said. “I like the moody shots that make you think.” All the photos that will be on display were taken locally.

“We have a gem here,” she said. “The Toledo area has a whole lot to offer if you just know where to go.

The name of the exhibit exemplifies Dandar’s appreciation of Christ’s hand in creating the beauty around us. “God created everything I photographed,” she said. “It’s beautiful and lovely – we can’t reproduce it.

“I take the photos from His point of view – I believe that’s why I’m there to photograph the beauty – it’s a blessing,” she said.

“I’m also very blessed to live in a rural area of Jerusalem Township, where I can see the wildlife and the beauty,” she said.  “I have deer that take walks through my yard.

“That’s what inspires me,” she added.

See Dandar’s work at mdandarphotography.com. 

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