You and your group seek to better understand the natural world and learn about easy ways you can help wildlife in your garden, yard, forest, farm or business campus.
(You may also be interested in a fun presentation about bears or the Arctic!)
You want to host or organize an interesting talk, nature walk, or workshop that will leave you feeling inspired, hopeful, and ready to take action.
Look no further…
When you invite me to give a talk, or to lead a walk or workshop you will feel uplifted and engaged by my infectious enthusiasm and animated style –
you’ll have fun and learn a lot too!
You will see the wonders of nature in a whole new light, through the eyes of a wildlife ecologist because I literally thrive on sharing and translating complex ecological concepts for a broad range of audiences -young and old alike.
Along the way I will share fascinating facts about plants and animals and provide guidance about how to conserve wildlife and the habitats they depend on – in your own backyard, woodlot, or community space.
Whether you know a lot or a little, you will walk away with a deeper understanding of the plants and animals that dwell in our forests, wetlands, fields, or micro-habitats in the suburban or urban landscape. You will walk away with clear action steps you can implement right away to help struggling wildlife populations at home and in our communities.
You will find the experience to be empowering, awe-inspiring, and even therapeutic!
Choose from one of the following offerings:
If you don’t see an offering that suits your needs, simply let me know what you have in mind and I will try my best to accommodate you! Examples of my offerings include, but are not limited to:
(PowerPoint presentation, may include some props; ~1 hour):
Landscaping for Wildlife: how to cultivate wildlife habitat in your garden, backyard, and beyond - a presentation tailored to the audience (homeowners with backyard habitat/gardeners/small woodlot owners/farmers). This talk provides relevant information on wildlife and plant communities and how to provide habitat for pollinators, birds, mammals, and more to boost overall biodiversity. Please see the flyer for gardeners and backyard habitat audiences.
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Places for Pollinators: how to create habitat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds – a presentation that focuses on how to attract and benefit native bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies in your yard, garden, field and farm habitats. Please see the flyer for more information on this talk.
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Intelligent Tinkering: Boosting Biodiversity at Any Scale – a presentation on the definition of biodiversity as it applies to your habitat of choice (forest/farm/garden) with detailed descriptions of the different components of biodiversity. Gain a deeper understanding of what biodiversity really means - in the ecological context of your garden, backyard, and beyond. Learn how to protect and improve biodiversity for a more resilient landscape in the face of climate change and other environmental stressors. Discover ways to “intelligently tinker” in your own landscape to meaningfully help struggling wildlife populations like native bees and songbirds. Please see the flyer for more information on this talk.
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Nurturing Carnivore Coexistence and Biodiversity on Your Farm - a collaborative team presentation of a carnivore biologist (Geri Vistein), livestock farmer (Abby Sadauckas), the Maine Forest Service, and a wildlife ecologist (Deb Perkins). Farming successfully with carnivores is not just about using good animal husbandry practices. It is also about understanding the ecology of the carnivores on your farm, and managing the habitats that enable them and their prey to live stable lives. The result is a healthy, biodiverse landscape on your farm. Please see the 2019 flyer for more information.
All About Bears! – A fun and captivating presentation chronicling my work as a bear biologist studying black bears and grizzly bears across North America (Maine, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Yellowstone National Park).
The Black Ghost: Understanding the Maine Black Bear - an engaging, informative, and visually dramatic slide show for all ages! I worked for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife’s black bear study for a number of years (which included climbing into bear dens!) and I bring my adventures to life with stories, science, and pictures. Please see the flyer for more information on this talk.
Wind Birds in the Land of the Midnight Sun – a beautiful, adventurous presentation about my graduate research on Arctic-breeding shorebirds in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. A bonus discussion on how climate change is threatening Arctic wildlife and Inuit cultures may be included upon request.
Classroom/school presentations – all of the above can be modified for any K-12 group and can be tailored to meet Maine Learning Results and specific core curriculum targets. I have extensive experience working with children and have spent a lot of time teaching - ranging from preschool through 12th grade (see page 2 of my resume for more details on my work as a National Science Foundation Teaching Fellow and more). College-level presentations and field trips are also available.
WALKS (~1 hour)
Interpretive nature walks in the setting of your choice – this offering can easily be customized to your specific needs/purpose.
WORKSHOPS (~3 hours+)
Landscaping for Wildlife: how to cultivate wildlife habitat in your garden, backyard, and beyond – Includes the engaging PowerPoint presentation (described in the above section) followed by a field trip exercise to observe and discuss habitat features at select sites. Group discussion in the field involves concrete examples of how to improve habitat quality for a diversity of wildlife from bees and butterflies to birds and mammals. May also include a field exercise where participants evaluate habitat and develop a quick plan/design for improving an area.
Places for Pollinators: what do they need and how can we help? – Includes the engaging PowerPoint presentation (described in the above section) on how to attract and benefit native bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies in our yard, garden, field and farm habitats followed by a field trip exercise to observe and study foraging (flowering plants) and nesting habitats. Group discussion in the field involves how to provide habitat to an array of pollinators at a variety of scales.
Intelligent Tinkering: Boosting Biodiversity at Any Scale – Includes the engaging PowerPoint presentation (described in the above section) followed by a field trip exercise in which break-out groups are guided to identify different components of forest/farm/garden biodiversity, and how to enhance and protect these features (wildlife trees, native plants, etc.). Group discussion in the field involves ways in which homeowner, landowners, farmers and land managers can apply this knowledge to promote native biodiversity.