Image by member Richard Spener

Missouri Nature & Environmental Photographers

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018;

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Presenter:

Jonathan Beard

Topic:

Caves and Cave Photography

Location:

Powder Valley Nature Center

Show and Share Topic:

New Beginnings or Photographer's Choice (deadline is Saturday, April 14th by midnight.)

Red-bellied Woodpecker by member Butch Lama

Jonathan Beard of Springfield, Missouri has been involved with photographing, documentation, mapping, and the management of caves primarily in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas since 1970. In that span he has visited more than 1,400 caves in 21 states in more than 4,000 cave trips. He has participated in more than 550 cave mapping expeditions and the drafting of many of those cave maps. He has taken more than 10,000 photographs of caves including some he will share with us at the meeting. Between 1983 and 2017, Mr. Beard managed or co-managed 11 privately-owned gated caves in southwest Missouri and has designed and helped install several cave gates to prevent unauthorized entry and vandalism. Since 1983, he has directed the cleanup and restoration of over 100 caves in four states, including the reattachment of more than 1,400 broken stalagmites and stalactites. He is the principle author of “Caring for Your Karst,” a full-color booklet for cave owners that has been distributed to thousands of landowners in Missouri

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