Mac Stone

Photographer Mac Stone works to photograph the Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus), formerly known as Everglades Snail Kite, in Eagle Bay along the north side of Lake Okeechobee near the inflow of the Kissimmee River. The Snail Kite is an Endangered Species in the US, listed in 1967. Lake Okeechobee is the largest lake in Florida, seventh largest lake in the United States and second largest lake (behind Lake Michigan) entirely within the United States. The marsh in Eagle Bay has been restored by removing polutant rich muck from the bottom. As a result, natural vegetaion has returned and the habitat has improved for snail kites and their favorite food, apple snails.

Mac Stone is a conservation photographer from Gainesville, Florida. Growing up exploring the springs, swamps, and hammocks of North Central Florida, he developed a passion for photography at a young age.Currently, his work focuses on America's swamps in an attempt to change public opinion towards our country’s wetlands. After spending five years living and working in the Everglades watershed, he released a 304-page coffee table book about the heralded River of Grass. Everglades: America's Wetland, published by University Press of Florida in October of 2014 has won a silver medal with the Florida Book Awards and is now in its second printing. In March of 2015 he delivered his first TED talk about this body of work. Click this link to view.

When he is not photographing the bottomlands and backwoods of the southeastern US, Stone is a product tester for Columbia Sportswear, a Google Trekker, winner of the Save Our Seas Foundation Marine Conservation Photography Grant, official photographer for Savage Race, a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and the Executive Director of Naturaland Trust. He is available for assignments, features, keynotes and personal instruction. For questions regarding workshops, tours, prints, or stock please use the contact form listed on the website.