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Updated: 06/26/2014 08:00:04AM

Garden Club ends season with Florida Master Naturalist, Jerry Waters

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY JAMIE PIPHER

The Cliva is in the lily family and is native to Southern Africa. A common name is bush lily.

PHOTO PROVIDED BY JAMIE PIPHER

Jerry Waters speaks to members and guests about bird photography.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JERRY WATERS

Jerry Waters spoke to the Arcadia Garden Club about his bird photography at the Venice Rookery.

By JAMIE PIPHER

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The last Garden Club meeting for this season was held at the Arcadia Garden Club on June 2 with Jerry Waters conducting the educational and inspiring program. Waters, a retired biology teacher and bivocational Baptist pastor, a Florida Master Naturalist and a nature photographer, brought his broad skills together and presented to the group a natural history of the great blue heron, a video of God’s gifts of birds, and hints on where and how to take our own motivating photo shots of nature’s creatures.

“The Great Blue Heron is a magnificent bird and a real symbol of Florida,” Waters said. Florida has every type of wading bird found in North America which includes egrets, flamingos, ibises, spoonbills and storks as well as the herons. There are six types of herons in North America ranging from the little green heron to the great blue heron. The great blue is the most abundant and widespread with rare sightings being recorded in Spain, England and the Netherlands as well as large populations in Central America, the Caribbean and North America. There is a great white morph heron found only in the Caribbean, Florida Keys, and the Everglades.

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