On of my favorite places to photograph nature and wildlife, birds in particular, is the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert, Arizona.  I have spent quite a few early mornings there with camera in hand.  The Preserve is supported by the Riparian Institute which has the mission to:

To promote awareness and appreciation of Arizona’s ecology and natural history, particularly desert and riparian environments, through:
–  education and recreation programs for a diversity of visitors, and
–  research and development of strategies to reserve and protect these unique environments

As with most organizations such as this fund raising to support the mission is critical.  The Riparian Institute is no different and they are holding a Feathered Friends Festival to raise both funds and awareness as well as provide a day of fun for the community.  The festival is on Saturday, March 27th and starts with bird walks at 8 am and runs through 2 pm.  Along with exhibits, activities for kids and live music they will be holding a fund raising raffle.  Which is where I come in.  One of my prints taken in the Preserve will be part of the raffle to support this great cause.  So be sure to head out to Gilbert, at Guadalupe and Greenfield on Saturday to support the Riparian Institute  and the environment it protects.

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