Talks

I always love the opportunity to share my passion for nature with others, and am available as a speaker for conferences, events, naturalist clubs, photography clubs or special interest groups. See below for a list of presentations I have available. I am currently working on a new roster of talks - more details soon!

four-spotted skimmer  

In the Eye of the Beholder: Beauty in the Natural World

There is perhaps no concept more subjective in this world than that of beauty. When it comes to nature though, consensus is easier to come by. Beloved are the creatures of feather and fur, while things that slither and crawl seldom find themselves in the spotlight. In this humorous and light-hearted presentation we will re-examine our preconceived notions of beauty, and try to find it in some unlikely places!

corn snake  

Getting Over It: Why You Should Love the Icky Things

Even at a nature club or outdoors group it's hard to find fans of snakes, spiders and other creatures of the like, but there's more to these maligned taxa than you might think! By getting to know these less-loved critters you can conquer fears, correct misinformation and learn more about the world around you. You may even find a new love in an unexpected place!

great horned owl  

Spinning Yarns: the Power and Importance of Storytelling

In an era where communication is ever-changing and attention spans are shrinking, human beings are still drawn to a good story. More than just entertaining, well-constructed narratives have the power to captivate, educate and inspire. This introspective presentation covers my personal journey into storytelling, and how stories can be used to foster connections to the natural world.

dunlin  

OneWordBirds: What's in a Name?

Of nearly 11,000 birds in the world, only 143 are gifted with names containing just a single word. What makes these select few species deserving of such rare treatment? Based on the blog onewordbirds.com, this presentation explores the origin and significance of these one-word names. Could it be that there's some deeper meaning in the apparently meaningless? I guess we'll find out.

double-crested cormorant  

(Un)welcome Invaders: Casting a New Light on Invasive Species

Even among nature-lovers, invasive species get a bad rap. But could our cavalier disdain for these accidental invaders be harming ourselves and others? In this presentation we will learn a bit more about some of our most familiar invasive species, and examine how we might shift our attitudes and language in the interest of environmental engagement, conservation and stewardship.