Page 13: Coast photographer wins national award

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By David Elliott – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Mississippi Coast, with its natural beauty and diverse collection of birds is a perfect place for bird watcher and photographer Sharon Milligan.

"First thing in the morning, to get out before sunrise, everything is nice and quiet. Also in the afternoon, just before sunset," Milligan said describing the ideal conditions for photography.

Milligan just won an award from the Audubon Society. One of her photographs placed second in a national photo contest. Nearly 7,000 bird images were submitted. Armed with binoculars and a camera, Sharon explores South Mississippi beaches, bays and bayous.

"It's a great place during migration in the spring and fall. We have such a diverse amount of species," said Milligan.

The Biloxi resident uses her love of birds and photography to help the Audubon Society through its Citizen Science programs. The national award came from the 2010 Backyard Bird Count designed to identify birds and protect habitats.

Sharon said she enjoys contributing to the Society's mission of conservation and research.

"I think the reward is being part of nature. It's a great experience."

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