From the bayous of the coast to prairies and rolling hills, Louisiana is home to a vibrant and thriving avian population. Herons, American goldfinches, snow geese and more call the state coastline home during the winter months. The music of neotropic songbirds like the parula and the prothonotary warbler fills the bayous every spring morning. Endangered species like the whooping crane and brown pelican have been reintroduced to the state to great success. The pragmatic conservation efforts of state, federal and private agencies not only led to the successful delisting of some endangered species of birds but also helped develop protocols for the future stewardship of others. Award-winning outdoor writer and photographer John Flores celebrates Louisiana's notable feathered inhabitants in their natural habitats.
John K. Flores is an award-winning freelance outdoor/travel writer, nature photographer and outdoor columnist for the Morgan City Daily Review, Franklin Banner-Tribune and www.stmarynow.com, located in Louisiana. Besides these publications, Flores is a contributing writer for the popular Louisiana Sportsman Magazine. Flores has numerous credits in both regional and national magazines that include American Waterfowler, Fur-Fish-Game, Upland Almanac, Mississippi-Louisiana Game and Fish Magazine, Mississippi Sportsman Magazine and National Wild Turkey Federation's online magazine. Flores has lectured on the "Art of Nature", and this photography exhibit has been featured in St. Mary and Iberia Parishes for the past year (2017-18), with more than ten thousand visitors and guests viewing his work. To his credit, in 2018, Flores's "Water and Nature" photography exhibit was featured during the Thirteenth Annual Eagle Expo & More in Morgan City, Louisiana. Flores is a member of the Louisiana Press Association, Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) and the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA). In LOWA, he has served as secretary of the board and served on the Youth Journalism Contest Committee. Flores is a 1990 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana and served his country in the United States Air Force for six years (1976-82). Flores currently resides in Patterson, Louisiana, with his wife, Christine, where for the past thirty-four years together they raised their four children.