Photo by Monica Harris

Perhaps the fastest growing activity on National Wildlife Refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. That’s not surprising when considering the popularity of digital cameras and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities. Expensive equipment or photography experience aren't necessary to get started. A small camera or basic cell phone will do just fine for most visitors.

The Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive affords photographers of all skill levels excellent opportunities to photograph wildlife, especially American alligators and a variety of different wading birds. Visitors may also utilize the photo blind located along the Cistern Trail.

FWS and the Friends offer photography workshops for kids and adults throughout the year. Check the FWS Facebook page for dates and rules.