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Spotlight on Conservation

Your Photos Can Make a Difference!

Learn how through our “Spotlight on Conservation” articles, blogs, and presentations written by GNPA members to help promote the importance of photography for conservation. 

Photography is valuable to conservation in many ways including raising awareness, creating an emotional connection, telling a story, and creating visual imagery of the importance of our natural world – animals, plants, ecosystems, habitats, and much more – imagery that can enlighten and help inspire action to aid conservation efforts.  


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Conservation Committee

Conservation Committee

Committee members Cheryl Tarr, Tom Wilson and Marcia Brandes give a “thumbs up” for conservation photography!


GNPA’s 2020 Conservation Photography Committee

  • Marcia Brandes, Chairman, Partner Liaison – Trees Atlanta:
  • Cheryl Tarr, Volunteers:
  • Cheryl Tarr, Partner Liaison – Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation:
  • Tom Wilson, Education, Partner Liaison – Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy:
  • Tammy Cash, Communications:
  • Jenny Burdette – Partner Liaison, Friends of Ga State Parks:
  • Clay Fisher, Partner Liaison – Piedmont Park Conservancy:
  • Dale Aspy, Partner Liaison – Chattahoochee Nature Center:
  • Lisa Westberry, Partner Liaison – Dept of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Division (WRD):
  • Kathy Aspy, Member
  • Brian Lucy, Member
  • Susan Perz, Member
  • Jimmy Cash, Member
  • Chris Dahl, Member
  • Dwayne Vaughns, Member
  • Tom Simpson, Member

If you are interested in joining the Conservation Photography Committee, contact Marcia at

Conservation Partner Organizations

Conservation Partner Organizations

Throughout the year our partners will ask us to provide volunteer photographers at conservation events or projects, or contribute photographs in support of their conservation efforts.  Photographs may be used in social media, traditional media, fundraising and/or marketing materials, but will be properly credited and remain the property of the contributing photographer (see MOU below).

GNPA’s Conservation Committee is proud to support and facilitate the contribution of conservation photography to the following organizations.  

Chattahoochee Nature Center,

Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy,

Friends of Georgia State Parks,

GA Dept. of Nat. Resources (DNR)
Wildlife Resources Division,

Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation,

Trees Atlanta,

Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

GNPA has written agreements with our supported organizations that provide important details on each party’s rights and responsibilities. Each of our partners has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that governs the use of these images for the protection of our photographers. These MOUs state, in part:

The parties understand and agree that the submitting photographer retains the copyright to submitted images, and that the non-exclusive license to utilize images submitted by GNPA members as set forth above is limited to your organization’s use for its own promotional and educational materials and programs.

From time to time, in addition to the GNPA services described herein, GNPA photographers may provide your organization with photographs from photographers’ personal portfolios. These photographs may contain the word “Limited Use” in the file name of the photograph. Unless your organization agrees otherwise in writing with the submitting photographer, photographs designated as Limited Use can only be used for the organization’s website, newsletters, social media channels, and printed material including posters, brochures, educational materials, annual reports and event invitations. Without limiting the generality of that limitation, photographs designated as Limited Use cannot be otherwise published, sold, or transferred to third parties.

Your organization agrees to provide notification to GNPA photographer(s) upon your organization’s use of any image(s) submitted to you by GNPA photographers.

Current Projects – Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Current Projects – Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites

Photo by Marcia Brandes, GNPA member.

How many of you have visited a Georgia State Park this year? Based on our Facebook and Instagram pages, quite a few of you have! Please consider donating the use of some of your state park photos to GNPA’s conservation partner group, Friends of GA State Parks and Historic Sites.

Your images may be used on social media, brochures, pamphlets, membership mailers, etc. – and always with full photo credit to you! Photos may have been taken at any time.

Friends is a non-profit group whose mission is to partner with, promote and preserve Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites.

Please contact Jenny Burdette at for directions on how to submit your photos. It’s a fast and easy upload. You retain full ownership of your images.

If you have a favorite state park that you would like to work with on an on-going basis, please contact Jenny Burdette at to get more information about how you can help your favorite park.

Project Feeder Watch! Birdwatching to Benefit Conservation…

Project Feeder Watch! Birdwatching to Benefit Conservation…

Project FeederWatch is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Birds Canada—and if you have birds in your yard, you have what you need to participate!

Project FeederWatch is conducted by people of all skill levels and backgrounds—individuals, children, families, nature centers, and bird clubs. More than 20,000 participants across the United States and Canada survey the birds that visit backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locations, and it’s not too late to join the 2021-22 FeederWatch Season, which began in mid-November and continues into April, 2022.

FeederWatch data provides insight into bird population biology that cannot be detected through other methods. Throughout the winter, participants count the number of individual birds in each observed species, collecting data that helps detect and explain gradual changes in the wintering ranges of many species.

FeederWatcher counting schedules are COMPLETELY flexible. Count your birds for as long as you like on days of your choosing. Enter your counts online. It’s that simple.

Your contribution to a data-set of bird distribution and abundance will enable scientists to piece together more accurate population maps.

Data collected by FeederWatchers helps scientists understand:

  • long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance
  • the timing and extent of winter irruptions
  • expansions or contractions in the winter ranges of feeder birds
  • foods and environmental factors that attract birds
  • how disease is spread among birds that visit feeders

And if you photograph your feathered visitors (and what’s not fun about that?!), there is also a PHOTO CONTEST.

Go to and click on the cardinal for more information. The photo entry deadline is January 24, 2022.

To learn more about the Project FeederWatch and sign up to count and submit data, visit

Let’s use our backyard birdwatching to benefit the birds that we enjoy watching!

PHOTO CREDIT: Jenny Burdette Photography