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Meet Our Poster Artist,
Marlene Jay Cashen

The Alabama Coastal BirdFest is proud to feature the work of birder and photographer Marlene Jay Cashen.

“Marlene’s striking photograph of a Red-headed woodpecker was just perfect for our brochure and our poster this year,” said John Borom, president of Mobile Bay Audubon, one of the event organizers. “We’re thrilled that she allowed us to use it for this year’s promotion.”

Photographer and bird watcher Marlene Cashen says she has long enjoyed both hobbies.

“For most of my adult life, I have had bird feeders in my yard and have enjoyed casual bird-watching. It was only after joining the Northshore Bird Club in Slidell, Louisiana, in 1999 and going on field trips and learning from the experienced birders – and photographers – that I fell in love with birding. I have also been interested in amateur photography forever, but when I bought my Nikon D-100 SLR (and later my Nikon D-200 SLR) digital cameras and a 100-400 Vibration Reduction telephoto lens, I was then able to photograph many of the birds I would see, allowing me as a novice to identify them from my pictures.”

Marlene recently moved to Washington where she is now active in the Spokane Audubon Society.

More of Marlene’s photos can be seen on the Weeks Bay Foundation web site at www.weeksbay.org (click on photo album). She has also been published in monthly newsletter publications of the Northshore Bird Club and in Cottage Life, a Canadian magazine.


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