Palm Coast - Moose Peterson has traveled the world for 40 years photographing birds and other wildlife, and his photos have been published in more than 150 books and magazines.

On Saturday evening, Feb. 10, Peterson will share his images and the stories behind them in a free community presentation - "An Evening with Moose Peterson" - at the Flagler Auditorium, 5500 State Road 100, Palm Coast.

The keynote event at 7 p.m. is being presented by the City of Palm Coast. A limited number of tickets are also available for a pre-event reception with Peterson. Sign up at www.birdingfest.com. While tickets are not required for the free lecture, space can be reserved in advance through the registration site. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

"My passion for birds began at age 9 and has grown exponentially ever since," Peterson said. "For 40 years I have traveled the globe, seeking out birds to witness the biology that makes each species unique, and bringing back those stories in my photographs to share the marvels I've seen. With nearly 900 bird species in my image files, I've been very fortunate over the years!"

"Come along as we look at some of these amazing birds together, the stories they have shared with me and the unique place they hold in our wild heritage," he said.

Recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, as well as a Nikon USA Ambassador, Lexar Elite Photographer and research associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, Peterson found his way to Palm Coast through the City's annual Birds of a Feather Fest.

The fourth annual festival based at Palm Coast City Hall will be Feb. 9-11, with a weekend of birding, photography, workshops and family activities in "PeaCee's Big Backyard." As part of the Birds of a Feather Fest, Peterson will lead a Sunrise Photography Field Trip to Orlando Wetlands Park - an exclusive event open to only 10 participants.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear and see Moose Peterson's incredible story," said Festival Coordinator Jason Giraulo, the City's Digital Communications Coordinator. "As Palm Coasters, we have a strong commitment to the environment, and we're proud that our community is 'Rooted in Nature.' This event is a perfect fit for us, and we're proud to offer it free of charge as a gift to our residents and visitors."

A resident of California, Peterson is world-renowned for his conservation work. He shares his knowledge through his writing; he's been published in 143 magazines worldwide and is the author of 28 books including Photographic FUNdementalsTaking Flight and Captured. He gives lectures across the country.

But he also continues his main goal of photographing the life history of North America's endangered wildlife and wild places. Being a creative innovator of new techniques both behind the camera and the computer is the driving force behind his photography and goals.

For more information, visit www.birdingfest.com or contact Giraulo at 386-986-2484 orjgiraulo@palmcoastgov.com.