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17110 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128

Betty Byrd: Wild Legacies

April 4, 2024 – June 30, 2024


Wild Legacies represents a long journey of past actions and decisions on Betty’s part. She always felt as if there was more out there to be seen and discovered.


After watching a dying polar bear struggle to survive in the Arctic, river rafting through the Tortuguero Jungle in Costa Rica, and experiencing fatalities from the drought in Africa, she was consumed by the fact that these endangered species were in desperate need of help.


This exhibit represents wildlife that could be lost at any time and saved at any time as well.


Betty Byrd is an American award-winning novelist & wildlife photographer whose 10-year birthday gift of a camera led her into photography. Now her photos hang in several collections throughout the country.


Her work captures what is singular and soulful about the animals around her. Distressed by the accelerating pace of extinctions worldwide, Betty is on a mission to honor the delicate or massive, ferocious or timid, exotic or approachable so that these animals come alive, and we remember that it’s up to us to make sure they stay that way. Her intimate portraits of vulnerable, threatened or endangered animals are designed to inspire and to give a voice to the voiceless. Betty’s photos draw people into the beauty and fragility of the natural world.


To learn more about her work, please visit:

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Contact Cheryl Boeller at if you are interested in exhibiting at the library. 

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