Powerful, majestic, a symbol of freedom and the American West, wild mustangs are living legends. Yet over the last several decades more and more of these wild animals have been rounded up and consigned to holding pens around the country as public lands are turned over for private grazing rights of cattle and sheep ranchers. Join Alyce Bender, Wildside Nature Tour photography leader and Tamron Ambassador for a brief history of these animals and learn how ecotourism and photography can help keep these marvelous Western icons on their home range.
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    Lee Hoy
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    Alyce Bender
    Tamron Ambassador, Photo Instructor
    Alyce Bender is a nature photographer, writer, educator, and adventurer. Camera in hand since childhood, her fascination for photography developed into a career after serving in the U.S. Air Force. Her passion for wildlife and the natural environment compels her to connect others with nature through sharing both visual art and in-field experiences that promote conservation, creativity, and ethical photography.

    She is a Tamron USA Ambassador, contributing writer and photographer for the Journal of Wildlife Photography, and her work has been featured in group and solo gallery shows across the US as well as in international publications from the UK to Japan. Bender leads photography adventures around the world to help beginner through advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision and naturalist skills ethically. When not in the field, she offers a variety of educational programs both in person and virtually for photography organizations large and small.