Audubon to host local photographer for a talk about the natural history of American Crows

ATHENS – Local amateur photographer and photography instructor will discuss the American Crow – a controversial backyard bird, at the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s next monthly meeting.


Chuck Murphy, local amateur photographer and photography course instructor, will discuss the fascinating natural history of the American Crow when the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society holds its next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 5th, at Sandy Creek Nature Center.


Love ‘em or hate ‘em, everybody’s got opinions about crows. In our backyards, they can be amusing guests, or unwanted pests and predators. Some bird species are smarter than others, and among our local residents, the American Crow is alleged to be the most intelligent. In the quest for the perfect Crow photo, Chuck did a lot of research. This turned into one of those “The more you know, the more you want to know” situations, so Chuck collected books and other materials to provide background material for his crow photography.


Chuck’s made photos on all seven continents and taught photography courses for OLLI@UGA, UGA-Continuing Education, the State Botanical Garden, and other venues. His photos have been featured in local publications and leading national photo magazines, as well as the current National Wildlife Federation calendar and this year’s National Wildlife Federation holiday cards. His photos have been displayed at The Lyndon Arts Center, the State Botanical Garden and the Georgia Museum of Art. The State Botanical Garden currently has an exhibit of nature photos created by Chuck and his colleague Jena Johnson. The exhibit is on display through October 8th.