On Thursday evening, August 29, beginning at 7:00 p.m., Andover’s own MooseMan, Rick Libbey, will share his experiences as a wildlife photographer in an illustrated talk in Proctor Academy’s Stone Chapel on the Village Green. The talk is open to the public at no charge.
A fulltime wildlife photographer since 2009, Libbey traces his interest in camerawork back to 1981, when he visited a wilderness lake in Maine with a little Instamatic film camera. Unsatisfied with the results, he moved on to more sophisticated gear. “But looking back,” he says, “I know the gear wasn’t the important part. It was the passion that developed within me for just being out in the bush country with all the wildlife, but in particular with moose.
“By the summer of 2003,” he continues, “it became clear to me that I had found my true calling. Simply said, it's to be ‘in the company of moose.’ It is what I am supposed to be doing.”
Libbey’s work was featured on the cover of the spring 2013 issue of Kearsarge Magazine. Samples of his work and items for sale can be found at www.moosemannaturephotos.com.
Goal of the presentation, according to Mary Anne Broshek, conservation commission chair, is to help local residents better understand what they can do to make their properties more attractive to wildlife, and why such action is important.
The talk is one in a series of the conservation commission's summer-long “Taking Action for Wildlife” project, which has been guided by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. You can learn more about the state program and view local wildlife maps at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/wildlife_plan.htm, or http://extension.unh.edu/fwt/tafw/index.htm.