What we're about

Are you a bird addict? Or flower crazy? Can't go a week without craving to photograph a critter or anything else in the great outdoors? Let's explore the bountiful beauty of the DMV together. We'll share camaraderie along with photography and wildlife tips on our many photo safaris. Beginner to professional wildlife photographers welcome!

Our unique, active Meetup is all about GROUP SHARING -- a little GIVE and a little TAKE. We stay together as a group on safaris and follow birders' etiquette, such as never walking ahead of the group, which would scare away our subjects so others can't photograph them. Attendees are expected to share any cool discoveries they find immediately with the group so everyone can photograph them.

FEES: $5 annual membership fee. $5 fee for safaris within 50 miles of the White House and $10 for beyond to help cover Meetup's annual fees. (Citizen-science excursions, such as surveys for iNaturalist bioblitzes and herpetological surveys, are usually free.)

MISSION: Our give-&-take group strives to capture powerful photos that educate and inspire love, appreciation, and protection of birds, beasts, & flora.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

1. ADULTS ONLY. NO PETS.

2. PLEASE DO *NOT* JOIN UNLESS YOU PLAN TO ATTEND IN-PERSON SAFARIS. Unlike Facebook, this is *NOT* a virtual group. And unlike many other large Meetups where members never participate, to retain your membership in the private Nature Photography DC/MD/VA group, you need to attend at least one in-person safari each year to encourage group participation and sharing. (If you cannot, please contact the organizer and it's possible that you can remain a member if you participate in at least one online event each year.)

3. COVID VACCINATIONS WILL BE REQUIRED AS OF 6/30/2021. All adults in the U.S. can get free covid vaccines. As of May 9, 577,857 people have needlessly died from covid. Please visit this CDC site to arrange your vaccination: https://www.vaccines.gov

WE FOLLOW CDC GUIDELINES. Masks, social distancing, and following other CDC guidelines is required during the pandemic. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

****LIABILITY:

MEMBERS: WHEN YOU JOIN, YOU AGREE TO THIS IMPORTANT LIABILITY WAIVER.
ASSUMPTION OF LIABILITY: To the fullest extent allowed by law, I agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY the Nature Photography DC/MD/VA Meetup and its organizer from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from Injuries and Damages, even if caused by its negligence. I further agree to HOLD HARMLESS this Meetup and its organizer from any claims, damages, injuries or losses caused by my own negligence while a participant on the outing. I understand and intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon my heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, and includes any minors accompanying me on an outing.

I ALSO AGREE THAT IF I'VE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID OR ANOTHER HIGHLY COMMUNICABLE DISEASE, BEEN SICK, BEEN AROUND A SICK PERSON IN THE PRIOR TWO WEEKS, OR ATTENDED AN INDOOR PARTY TWO WEEKS OR LESS BEFORE A MEETUP EVENT, THAT I WILL *NOT* ATTEND THAT EVENT. I ALSO AGREE TO SEND AN EMAIL, TEXT, OR MEETUP MESSAGE TO THE ORGANIZER IF I'VE CONTRACTED THE CORONAVIRUS.

**** NOTIFICATIONS:

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1. Click on your profile photo in upper right.
2. Click SETTINGS
3. Click EMAIL UPDATES and then check or uncheck each item as desired.

(If that doesn’t work, try the app’s settings also because Meetup has some glitches.)
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