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On the cover A bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flies above the Chilkat River after feeding on a salmon in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near the Tlingit village of Klukwan in southeast Alaska.
North America’s tallest mountain Mt. McKinley, also known as Denali (Athabaskan for “The High One”) basks in morning light at sunrise. This view is a small detail from the north slopes of the mountain seen from Wonder Lake in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Mount McKinley is North America’s tallest peak at 20,320 feet and towers over 18,000 feet above the surrounding lowlands.
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Warm water keeps river from freezing Bald eagles come to the area at the confluence of the Tsirku and Chilkat Rivers because of the availability of spawned-out salmon and open waters in late fall and winter. The open water is due to a deep accumulation of gravel and sand that acts as a large water reservoir whose water temperature remains 10 to 20 degrees warmer than the surrounding water temperature. This warmer water seeps into the Chilkat River, keeping a five mile stretch of the river from freezing.
Valley of the Eagles
Late salmon run and warmer water set the stage for worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest congregation of bald eagles The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska is the location of one of the largest gatherings of bald eagles in the world during the fall. Nearly 60 bald eagles can be seen in the cottonwood trees along the Chilkat River at the confluence with the Tsirku River in southeast Alaska (right). Eagles roost in the cottonwood trees or on the river gravel bar to feed on salmon. In the past, researchers have counted over 3,000 eagles at a time along the river. Today those counts are much lower because counts are done from the ground rather than the air. However, it is believed that the numbers are still comparable to those in the past. The 48,000-acre area was designated as a preserve in 1982.
Spawned-out salmon are easy prey Typically a bald eagle will drag a weak and dying spawned-out salmon from the river to the bank. Other eagles will then challenge the feeding eagle for the right to dine on the salmon. Eagles are able to swim to shore using their wings if a fish is too heavy lift.
Start of an attack run Bald eagles will dramatically swoop down from the cottonwood trees that line the Chilkat River from hundreds of yards away, sometimes even farther, in an attempt to convince the feeding eagle to abandon its fish. Eagles can reach speeds of about 30 to 35 mph during level flight and up to 100 mph when in a dive.
Confrontations over a fish Once an eagle begins to feed on a salmon that it has pulled on the bank, other eagles begin a series of high speed fly-by confrontations and attacks to force the feeding eagle to give up its salmon. This challenging for the right to feed on the fish continues until the fish is consumed.
Talons are a killing machine While a bald eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beak is a formidable instrument for defending itself, the talonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are a bald eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most destructive piece of hardware. With its needle-sharp talons, a bald eagle can generate the same amount of power that is needed to drive a nail into concrete. The successful eagle will stand next to the fish, toss its head back and then complete a series of vocalizations as a warning to other eagles that might offer up a challenge.
Immature bald eagle told to take a hike At left, an immature bald eagle performs a ninja-like move during an attack by a mature bald eagle attempting to force the immature eagle from feeding on a salmon. Actual physical contact is rare. Surprisingly, actual physical attacks like these do not usually result in injuries.
Treasured fish heads The last piece of a salmon to be eaten is typically the head. While eagles will unwillingly share the main carcass of a salmon, they invariably, fly off with the head to the safety of the cottonwood trees to consume without the distraction of attacking eagles. Eagles flying off with the heads near the end of the consumption of a fish is a common sight. By the time enough of the salmon has been eaten to sever the head from the rest of the fish, the salmon has become light enough to carry away. Eagles can lift around four to five pounds.
Foggy Chilkat morning Early morning fog doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deter bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) from keeping a watchful eye for a potential meal of salmon along the Chilkat River. A downed tree makes for a perfect perch to closely look . The eagles that visit the area move to different areas of the Chilkat and other nearby rivers based on fish availability. Eagles do not migrate because of temperature conditions. Rather, if they migrate, it is because of available food supplies. Over 150 eagle nests have been observed in the Chilkat Valley. The valley is home year-round for an estimated 200 pairs of eagles.
Instruments of death Close-up of the talons of a bald eagle in flight as it flies over the Chilkat River near the Tlingit village of Klukwan in southeast Alaska. The talons of an adult bald eagle can be as long as 1.5 to 2 inches in length and are used by the eagle to kill its prey by piercing the victim.
Gender differences Adult male and female bald eagles have identical plumage making it difficult to visually determine gender in the field. Female bald eagles are generally 25% larger then males. Known as reverse sexual size dimorphism; is common with raptors.
Tender moment or just a stretch? While it is easy to anthropomorphize that these two bald eagles are sharing a tender moment, most likely the eagle with the outstretched wing is simply stretching. The eagle also might be cooling off. Bald eagles do not sweat so to control their body temperature they often extend their wings. A bald eagle has approximately 7,000 feathers. Bald eagles mate for life unless one mate dies. In Alaska, wild bald eagles have been known to live as long as 28 years. Bald eagles are known for acrobatic courtship rituals.
Juvenile plumage A juvenile bald eagle calls following a snow storm along the Chilkat River in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The distinctive adult plumage of a white head and tail will occur when it is approximately four to five years old. This coincides with when the eagle becomes sexually mature.
Unusual eagle Sighting A bald eagle with white wing tips and white talons flies along the Chilkoot River near Chilkoot Lake State Park in Alaska. The white wing tips and talons are caused by a leucistic condition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a condition of reduced pigmentation resulting in white patches. These patches of white can occur while the rest of the animal is colored normal. Unlike albinism, the eye color is normal.
Bald eagles are not the only migrating species Photographers from around the world come to the banks of the Chilkat River in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve in late fall to photograph the greatest concentration of bald eagles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sometimes so plentiful photographers do not know which direction to point their long lenses. Photo tours and workshops are a popular with tourists wanting instruction.
Frigid Chilkat River sunrise Bald eagles are not the only subject for visiting photographers. Early rising photographers were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise over the Chilkat River in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.
Proposed hydroelectric project causes concern for the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Snow-covered Connelly Lake (far left) is a 90-acre alpine lake near Haines, Alaska that drains into the Chilkoot River (right). Connelly Lake (formerly known as Upper Chilkoot Lake) is the focus of a proposed $32 million, 12-megawatt hydroelectric project by Alaska Power and Telephone Company (AP&T). AP&T proposes to build a dam at the outlet of Connelly Lake that would create a 160-acre reservoir and a 6,200-foot-long penstock down the side of the mountain where water would be delivered to two turbine generators located in a powerhouse near the Chilkoot River into which the lake water would be discharged. Some of the main features of the proposed Connelly Lake project (for example portions of the penstock, the powerhouse, access roads, and the transmission line) would be located in the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and the Haines State Forest. Environmental concerns include the impact construction and project operation would have on fish spawning and rearing habitat (water turbidity issues), and bald eagles. The eagles rely on the salmon that use the Chilkoot Valley in the fall and early winter when they are attracted to late spawning salmon runs. The Connelly Lake Hydro Aquatic Studies Report for 2012, prepared by the Shipley Group for AP&T, states that according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, 41 percent of the sockeye salmon in the upper Lynn Canal come from the Chilkoot River with 25 percent of those salmon spawning in the Chilkoot River drainage above Chilkoot Lake. The value of the fishery is estimated at more than $1,000,000 annually. AP&T wants to build the project to replace the undersea cable that supplies Haines with electricity from Skagway. AP&T announced during the summer of 2013 that it was putting the project on hold, citing difficulty securing funding from the Alaska Energy Authority and the lack of community support for the project. Despite these setbacks AP&T says that it not abandoning pursuing the project. This photo of the ice and snow-covered Connelly Lake was taken in mid-July. The large lake in the background is Chilkoot Lake. Beyond Chilkoot Lake is Lutak Inlet of the Lynn Canal.
Landscapes & Wildlife
Kakuhan Range sunset Unnamed mountain peaks, near Sinclair Mountain in the Kakuhan Range, bask in light from the setting sun as seen in this view from Portage Cove harbor in Haines, Alaska. Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: This image is a panorama consisting of multiple overlapping images stitched digitally together.
Moonrise over Herbert Glacier A full moon rises above Mount Ernest Gruering and the Herbert Glacier near Juneau, Alaska as the final rays of the sun at sunset baths mountain tops in alpenglow light. The view is from the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry FVF Fairweather as it traveled down the Lynn Canal from Haines.
Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Engineers Multiple dams constructed by North American beavers (Castor canadensis) on Horseshoe Lake in Denali National Park and Preserve divide the lake into multiple levels. The dams increase the size and depth of the lake allowing the beavers to float and store food comprised of branches they cut down. The deeper water also helps protect the beavers from predators. Beavers, like this one (far right) also photographed at Horseshoe Lake are semi-aquatic and are most active at night. Their front feet have strong toes useful for holding twigs and in digging.
Troubling times for Denali wolves An adult member of the Grant Creek wolf pack (right) looks at other adult members of the pack as the pack was traveling near Stony Creek in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The Grant Creek wolf pack has been described as one of the most visible and photographed groups of wolves in the world. The packâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home range includes the park road that bisects much of the vast 6 million acre park. In May of 2012, The Los Angeles Times wrote about the deaths of the two primary breeding females of the pack. The death of one of these females was the result of being snared by a trapper just outside the park boundary. According to the story, the trapper shot a dying horse and used it as bait to lure and fatally snare a radiocollared female wolf and a male wolf. It is unknown if the male wolf was part of the Grant Creek pack. The wolf kills were within a former no-wolf-killing zone that
had been established by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game because the zone was surrounded on three sides by park land. In 2010, the regulation expired and the Fish and Game board declined to retain the special area designation. Troubling to advocates of the nowolf-kill zone is the belief that the female wolf was the only remaining primary breeding female in the Grant Creek pack. Earlier this spring, the only other primary breeding female of the pack was found dead of natural causes within park boundaries. In November of 2012, the Fairbanks News-Miner reported that according to researchers the Grant Creek Pack failed to produce pups in 2012, abandoned their den and the pack split up. The number of wolves counted in Denali National Park and Preserve was at the lowest in 25 years, down from 143 in 2007 to 57 this year. Above, a wolf print captured in the mud in Denali National Park and Preserve.
Denali sunrise and moonset Sun rises on Mount McKinley and the Alaska Range as the moon sets, as seen from Wonder Lake in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Mount McKinley also known as Denali is North Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tallest peak at 20,320 feet and towers over 18,000 feet above the surrounding lowlands. Other mountain peaks pictured include: Mount Brooks, Mount Silverthrone, Mount Tatum, Mount Carpe and Mount Foraker. Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s note: This image is a panorama consisting of multiple overlapping images stitched digitally together.
Colorful rainbow An evening rainbow basks upon an unnamed mountain of the Alaska Range located in the upper Teklanika River valley in Denali National Park and Preserve. The view is from the Igloo Creek.
Rainbow of colors Alaska cotton grass (Eriophorum brachyantherum) along with other grasses form a riot of color near a kettle pond near Wonder Lake in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.
Dandy black bear An American black bear (Ursus americanus), eats dandelions just outside the boundary of Kluane National Park and Preserve along Yukon Highway 3, near Gribbles Gulch in Yukon, Canada. While most of a black bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diet is vegetation, black bears are omnivores meaning that they eat both plants and animals (grasses, berries, roots, insects, fish and mammals). Black bears typically weight 200 to 600 pounds. Not all black bears are black in color â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some are brown or even blond. They are most easily distinguished from grizzly bears by the lack of the pronounced shoulder hump found in a grizzly. The black bear is not considered a threatened species; though care to keep them from getting human food and garbage is needed to protect them from conflicts with humans.
Mountain moods The Takhinsha Mountains near Haines, Alaska (left) are bathed in cool-colored morning sunlight. On a different morning nearby Four Winds Mountain located near the border with Alaska and British Columbia is bathed in the warm glow of early morning sunrise light. Both photos were taken from the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. The mountains in the Haines area are a popular destination for heli-skiing.
Dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end The last ray of sunlight from the setting sun basks on the Sitakaday Narrows in the main bay of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. This view is from Young Island located in the Beardslee Islands area of the park in southeast Alaska. Marble Mountain (left), and in the far background is Mount Abdallah.
Size illusion Hikers to Nugget Falls located next to the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau are dwarfed by the 377-foot waterfall. While in the photo below, Nugget Falls is dwarfed by Bullard Mountain in a reflection in Mendenhall Lake located at the terminus of the Mendenhall Glacier. The glacier runs roughly 12 miles, originating in the Juneau Icefield and is located 12 miles from downtown Juneau.
Oh, it feels so good! A grizzly bear scratches itself against a small spruce tree as seen from the park road in the Sable Pass area of Denali National Park, Alaska. Bears are an itchy lot and it is common for them to scratch themselves against trees, signs, and posts. When they do, they leave behind pieces of fur that bear researchers can use to study the bearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DNA. This is a noninvasive approach of gathering data on bears.
Highway travel, Alaska style The final rays of the sun baths mountain tops in light as an Alaska Marine Highway System ferry travels down the Chilkoot Inlet of the Lynn Canal near Haines, Alaska. The Alaska Marine Highway is a critical mode of transportation for most of southeast Alaska which has no direct access to the North American highway system. In 2013 the ferry system celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The Tallgrass Prairie of the
Endangered ecosystem Less than four percent of the original 140 million-acres of tallgrass prairie remains in North America. Most of that remaining tallgrass prairie is in the Flint Hills in Kansas. Bison (above) graze in the 10,894-acre Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve located in near the town of Strong City. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is the only unit of the National Park Service dedicated to the preservation of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is co-managed with The Nature Conservancy. (At right) Evening light bathes showy evening primrose.
Fire: the life blood of the prairie Prairie grasses in the Kansas Flint Hills, like this pasture in Chase County (far left), are intentionally burned by land mangers and cattle ranchers in the spring to prepare the land for cattle grazing and to help maintain a healthy tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Within a few weeks of burning, new shoots of grass appear (above left). In the past, prairie lands would be burned annually. Today, a three-year rotating cycle of patch burning (left) is preferred to preserve wildlife and to be less stressful overall for the prairie ecosystem.
Rocky ground saved the prairie The prairie has survived in the Kansas Flint Hills because the soil is heavily laden with limestone and chert (commonly called flint) making it unsuitable for plowing. This rocky soil, combined with a cycle of wildfires and animal grazing has preserved the tallgrass prairie.
More than meets the eye When looking out on the vast tallgrass prairie of the Flint Hills, one might think there little to see. Closer inspection reveals unusual plants, insects like dung beetles (upper left), world traveling birds like the upland sandpiper (above), or handsome butterflies like the Delaware skipper (left). Dung beetles use manure for housing and feeding their offspring. A male and a female beetle will work as a team to roll a ball of dung away from a manure pile. They then bury the ball as a home for their young. Drawn to manure by odor, a beetle will fly up to 10 miles in search of the right manure. The upland sandpiper is not associated with water like other sandpipers, instead it nests and feeds on the prairie. The bird travels long distances, wintering in the pampas (prairies) of Argentina. The look of the prairie changes with each season. The dry remains of aster flower heads light up during a fall sunset at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve (right).
Prairie fire sky Pre-dawn light ignites the sky above the Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse in the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve as if it were on fire.
Dark skies The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located in an area that boasts having of the darkest night skies in the midwest. The glowing light on the right is from the city of Emporia some 20 miles away to the east. The Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse (left, and above) is a one-room school built in 1884. Prior to closing in 1930, the typical enrollment of the school was 19 students of all grades.
Overboard! Whitewater rafters are flipped out of their raft as they go through the rapids at Sweets Falls on the Gauley River.
Wild Whitewater shows
NO Mercy The Gauley River For six consecutive weekends every fall in West Virginia, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers releases an incredible volume of water out of the Summersville Dam on the Gauley River. These timed releases turn the Gauley River, located in the scenic Gauley National Recreation Area, into one of the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier whitewater rivers for kayaking and rafting. During the release, the riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 28 mile course, through the rugged mountains, features more than 100 rapids and falls ranging from class III to V+. Favorite features bear names like Pillow Rock and Sweets Falls (right).
Pillow Rock Rapid on the Gauley River Located in Gauley River National Recreation Area near Summersville, West Virginia, Pillow Rock Rapid is rated class V on this popular whitewater river. The Gauley attracts boaters from all over the world who test themselves against the powerful and dangerous river. Action at Pillow Rock Rapid is often dramatic and can be deadly as it has been the site of numerous drownings. On the third weekend of September, a river festival known as Gauley Fest is held. Organized by American Whitewater, this fund-raising event has been described as one of the largest river festivals in the world with whitewater vendors, food, swap meet, and silent auction â&#x20AC;&#x201D; celebrating the world-class boating on the river.
Squeeze Play During Gauley Fest weekend, the large number of paddlers can create hazardous traffic situations for rafts and kayaks as they attempt to pass through the rapids or over the falls of the Gauley River. Something these rafters found out as they tried to navigate Pillow Rock Rapid (above).
Leap of Faith An unidentified whitewater kayaker (right) jumps into the Gauley River rapids at Pillow Rock as rafters pass by during American Whitewaterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gauley Fest weekend. The kayaker jumped into the river to float a short distance down river to where he had beached his kayak.
Calm before the storm An unidentified kayaker pauses above Sweet’s Falls on the Gauley River to contemplate his run over the falls.
Power Play Dooley Tombras, a North American champion in open canoe slalom racing, powers his prototype Esquif L’Edge open canoe through the rapids at Pillow Rock on the Gauley River during American Whitewater’s Gauley Fest weekend.
Catch an Eagle
Researchers hope to show where visiting bald eagles to the Chilkat River travel using satellite technology The Chilkat River in southeast Alaska is famous for what is believed to be the largest gathering of bald eagles in the world. While there is research on the numbers of the eagles that visit, there is little research on where the eagles come from. Rachel Wheat, a graduate student at the University of California Santa Cruz hopes to answer that question with the migration study she is conducting. Wheat hopes to learn how closely bald eagles track salmon availability across time and space. The bald eagles are being tracked using solar-powered GPS satellite transmitters (also known as a PTT - platform transmitter terminal) that attach to the backs of the birds using a lightweight harness. In the fall of 2012, Wheat began her dissertation study with the capture of the eagles she is tracking. Wheat, with help from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, employed the use of leg snare traps and net launchers to catch the eagles in her study. At right, Wheat is resetting one of the leg snare traps on Chilkat River. Once captured, processed, and released. Wheatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eagles will be equipped with a solar-powered global positioning system (GPS) satellite transmitter backpack similar to the one placed on the back of the eagle (above). The antenna of the transmitter can be seen just to the right of the green tag. This particular eagle, resting on the Chilkat River gravel bar, is part of a study being conducted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service office in Juneau.
Hurry up, then wait and wait Wheat gently resets the spring-loaded leg snare trap disguised as a branch perch. Researchers have to set their leg snare and net launcher traps under the cover of darkness paying careful attention to the grizzly bears also roaming the banks of the Chilkat River during the fall. Then it is a matter of watching the traps with spotting scopes. Once captured, the eagles are carefully handled to protect injury to bird and handlers. A hood is placed over the eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes to calm the bird and booties are placed over its powerful talons. Assisting Wheat (photos at right) is Steve Lewis, Raptor Management Coordinator with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Sizing up the eagle After weighing the eagle and attaching identification leg bands, researchers begin a series of careful measurements on the bird. Beak measurements and toe claw (hallux) length are two measures that help determine the gender of a bald eagle. Female bald eagles typically have larger beaks, feet and talons. This reversal of gender size is called reverse sexual size dimorphism.
Blood sampling Lewis (left) prepares to take blood samples from the captured eagle. Blood samples are taken to study various contaminates in the blood, including chemicals such as mercury. Wang assists Lewis by holding the eagle. Detailed records are kept throughout the entire process of measuring and sampling (below).
Keeping tabs on where the eagles are Solar-powered GPS satellite transmitters (also known as PTT - platform transmitter terminals) are attached to the backs of captured bald eagles. The 2.47 ounce transmitter, attached with a lightweight harness, will allow Wheat to see how closely eagles track salmon availability across time and space. The transmitter will record location and other information every hour during daylight hours. That information is uploaded to the ARGOS satellite system into a database where the information can be downloaded for mapping and study. Below, Lewis and Wang fit the transmitter and harness into position. At far right, Wheat clamps the harness rivets together.
Feather sampling Wheat counts the primary feathers on the bald eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wing in preparation for clipping a small sample for stable isotope analyses. For consistency, she removed approximately two centimeters from the fourth secondary feather of each eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right wing. By counting out the ten primary feathers, she knew where to start counting to access the fourth secondary.
Molting patterns helps determine age Wheat, (left), Dr. Taal Levi, wildlife ecologist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (center) and Dr. Chris Wilmers, associate professor, University of California Santa Cruz (right) hold up the wings of a juvenile bald eagle so its plumage can be photographed. Photos of a juvenile bald eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s molting, particularly in the head and tail feathers, can help determine age before it reaches maturity. Immature bald eagles exhibit a sequential molting pattern during the first five years of their life.
Try again tomorrow At the end of the day, Wheat and Lewis remove their leg snares and net launcher from the gravel bar of the Chilkat River. They will resume again in the morning, placing their traps under the cover of darkness.
Free at Last (at left) Wheat releases the bald eagle, now known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;4Pâ&#x20AC;?, back into the wild. Note the GPS transmitter on the eagleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back and the dual leg bands. One leg band is used by the researcher and the other is registered with the U.S. Geological Survey. The entire process of banding, measuring, blood and feather sampling, and GPS satellite transmitter installation took less than an hour.
Track the eagles online The eagles in this study can be tracked online at the Ecology Alaska website: http://www. ecologyalaska.com/eagle-tracker/
John Dengler understands visuals and the power of visuals to tell stories John brings his experiences as a staff photojournalist at a major metropolitan newspaper, and as a graphics editor, design director, and magazine creative director at a midsize newspaper to his ability to create storytelling photographs and photo stories. Having worked as both a photographer and as an art director, John has experienced both sides of the buyer-seller relationship and understands the needs of a designer and photographer. Recently John left the daily grind of newspaper and magazine journalism to establish Dengler Images where he pursues his passion of photography along with his love of the outdoors. All of John’s wildlife subjects are photographed in the wild, not in captive situations or “game farms.” As a professional photojournalist he maintains the highest standards of showing truth with his camera. John considers the well being of an animal more important than the image and will forgo a photo if he feels that it stresses an animal or puts it at risk. His goal for photos of wildlife and wild places is to give the viewer a chance to experience these places and animals, but more importantly to be touched by them and to recognize their value and protect them. John is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism where he majored in photojournalism. His work has been recognized with awards from the National Press Photographers Association, The Society of News Design, The Associated Press, United Press International, and the Illinois Press Photographers Association. His professional memberships include American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). John has been a faculty member at the world-renown documentary photography workshop, Missouri Photo Workshop, and most recently collaborated with photo editing icon Angus McDougall on their book Pacesetters in Corporate Journalism — International Harvester Magazines – reaching readers through photojournalism. The archives of Dengler Images are being updated constantly. Please check regularly to see if there are images that meet your needs for compelling storytelling images. John is based in Springfield, Missouri located in the Missouri Ozarks region.
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