Photographers Caring About Nature Site is Now Up

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Tom Remisoski
https://www.photographerscaringaboutnature.org is now up! Please take a look.

I originally posted this in the "butterflies, dragonflies and insects" thread but now that I have the site up, I'm not sure where to announce it. So I'm posting here. I have room for other photographers to share some of their work, get recognized and do something good for our world. Right now, the M43 photographers are underrepresented so if you want to participate, there is a form on the "take action" page you can use to sign up. Another opportunity is to upload a single photo with an accompanying story to be shown on the site. I love seeing your stuff here and on Flickr. I just see this as one more way to share and to link your awesome photos to a good cause.

Tom

My original post:

I may have shared this photo before in these forums. I can't remember exactly what year I took it but I think it was 2010, maybe 2009. My wife and I were walking along the bluff in Saint Joseph, MI when we noticed a large apple tree covered in monarch butterflies. I had my first digital camera, the E-PL1 with stock lens and I took several shots. Even with this picture, it's hard to describe what a magical sight it was and I was deeply affected by the beauty of these creatures in nature. This experience really kicked off my desire to become a better photographer and have more of these experiences and share them with others.

Over recent years, I've become more and more aware that monarchs populations are under a great deal of stress. I just don't see as many of them any more. Yesterday was my first sighting and it was just one butterfly. Beautiful but nothing like the apple tree on the bluff. I've come to learn that the North American monarch population has declined from 1 billion to 98 million in the past 20 years. 98 million sounds like a lot but it isn't. To put it in perspective, imagine I gave you $1,000, snapped my fingers and you were left with $98 in you hand. Some experts predict that if nothing changes, those numbers could drop to zero within 30 years.

I was recently given the opportunity to create a community project around something that matters to me. I've settled on a project to help raise funds for monarch conservation. There is still time to create a new possible future for these creatures and allow generations to come have the same kind of experience I had on that bluff. I'm putting together a simple site where some of my amateur photographic friends can display some of their nature photography and encourage visitors to share their stories of encounters with monarchs. My goal is to bring the community together to raise $20k for the Monarch Butterfly Fund (https://monarchconservation.org/) by the end of the project. I'll keep posting to Facebook as things progress.

If you've read this far, I hope you be inspired to contribute in some way. And if you want to donate, you don't have to wait for the site. The https://monarchconservation.org/donate-donar/ link will step you through the process.
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