Mary Jane Gibson, photographer, naturalist, writer, and educator, has been photographing nature
and wildlife since 1987, when she installed a backyard stream, set up a blind,
and began to photograph the many wild animal and bird visitors.
Specializing in bird
photography, she has traveled to many bird and wildlife locations, including
nearly a dozen week-long stays at her favorite refuge, Malheur National Wildlife
Refuge, an oasis in the high desert of southeast Oregon. Other favorite
locations are St. George Island in Alaska's remote Pribilof Islands, and
Churchill, Manitoba, during summer nesting season, plus many Pacific Northwest
refuges and wildlife areas.
She is currently
working on a "sense of place" project, a portrait of a local Puget
Sound area property, capturing the wildlife, plants, scenes, wetlands, moods,
patterns, and weather over the years.
Her photographs and
workshops have been presented to many environmental programs and regional
Audubon Society chapters. Her articles, artwork, and photographs have been
published by various
newsletters, magazines, NANPA Currents, F8, and Defenders of
She has designed
backyard habitats and was honored with the Conservationist of the Year award by the East Lake
Washington Audubon Society for her work on regional environmental issues, work
with the King County Council, and photographs of environmentally sensitive
species and habitats.
Since 1994, as a Charter Member of
the North American Nature Photography Association, Mary Jane has attended all
fifteen national summits held since 1995 and has been active in the ethics, conservation, and
membership committees. She also currently serves as President of the NANPA Foundation Board, and
leads fundraising projects to support the NANPA Foundation's educational and
environmental programs in photography.
Mary Jane has
also completed the Cornell University course in Bird Biology and Ornithology and has
a B.A. in English and Art from Seattle Pacific University.
Mary Jane lives in Bellevue,
Washington, a suburb of Seattle, when she is not traveling in the RV or abroad,
and photographs in her Backyard Wildlife Habitat, certified in the
Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program.