By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Wildlife documentary photographer and naturalist Richard Moore kicked off the 21st Annual Winter Outdoor and Wildlife Expo by giving the first keynote address Monday morning.
Moore, a Harlingen native, is perhaps best known for the weekly nature reports he produces and which have aired on local television stations for over two decades. But, he also produces feature-length nature documentaries and serves as an environmental advocate.
During the his presentation, Moore gave the audience a 15 minute sneak peek of his latest documentary, Birds of the Rio Grande Valley, before fielding questions from the audience.
When asked how long it took him to prepare for the birding documentary, Moore responded, “In some ways, it’s kind of like a lifetime. … But I’ve probably been working on this for a good five or six years,”he said. “And you know, I’m just scratching the surface.”
His hard-earned reputation as a documentary photographer has allowed him almost unfettered access to the few places around the Valley where native wildlife can be found. “I really am fortunate, because having grown up here and made some good friends in the ranching community, and the Fish and Wildlife Service, and Texas Parks and Wildlife, I pretty much do have access to everywhere I need to go,” he said. He added that the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuges is one of his favorite places to go.
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