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I typically have several presentations scheduled, and here are the details. Some of these are open to the public and some are not.

2018 Presentation Schedule
Date & Time
March 21st - 7:00pm South Georgia Island - Nature's Masterpiece In November of 2015, I explored South Georgia Island as we made forays ashore from our Expedition ship Ortelius. South Georgia Island, is the diamond in the Southern Ocean's crown jewels of Sub-Antarctic islands, a spectacular glaciated landscape home to some of the greatest wildlife densities found anywhere on earth.We will go ashore to visit the huge Fur Seal Colonies and to witness the titanic struggle between bull Elephant Seals, each battling to become beach-master. We will visit King Penguin colonies numbering 335,000 pairs or more, and we’ll see and hear their struggles to survive in a challenging climate, where some of the roughest seas in the world meet. This island, just 100 miles long and with 100 million birds, is the most wildlife-rich island on the planet! Framed by a backdrop of endless glaciers and snow-covered mountain scenics, the landscape is simply spectacular. Join us for this educational and visually stunning presentation about this beautiful and wildlife-rich part of the world.

Des Moines Sierra Club -Northwest Community Center - 5110 Franklin Ave.

March 26th

Time - 1:30-3:00pm

Safari To Botswana "If you would like to view some very intimate images of Africa, including birds and mammals with young, catching prey, and interacting in fascinating ways, please join us. You will learn about African wildlife, and hear some incredible first-hand stories. Best mammals, include lion, leopard, cape buffalo, hippo, African Wild Cat, and the rare and elusive Wild Dog. African bird life is fantastic and very viewable, and many images were captured by photographing from boats plying the Chobe River and along the winding channels of Botswana's famed Okavango Delta." Senior College - Johnston Public Library - 6700 Merle Hay Rd

April 1st

Time - 2:00pm

Climate For Change The interaction between animals and their environments is the engine that keeps the planet healthy for all of us. But for many species, time is running out. When you remove one, it affects us all.

In coordination with the Univeristy of Iowa, who is hosting the The National Geographic Photo Ark exhibit, I will give a presentation (words and images) in an effort to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats.

Old Capitol - Univeristy of Iowa, Iowa City
May 5th - Time - TBD Loon Magic As an icon of the north-country, the Loon has created magic for all who have enjoyed his antics and that magical “call of the wild”. I will lecture on the life history of the Loon, and will share many stunning images. Having made many trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota, I have captured iconic images of a female loon, on the nest, with youngsters riding on her back, and even the male feeding the young, as they rest there. I'll share many anecdotes and will relate how a nature photographer pre-visualizes and plans a wilderness photography trip. N4C Mini Convention - Panora - St. Thomas Center - Panora

June 5th

Time - TBD

Topic - TBD Topic description to posted later. Des Moines Camera Club Annual Awards Banquet - Vivians - 400 Walnut St #101, Des Moines

June 14th

Time - 11:30

The Return of Iowa's Bald Eagles Slideshow and lecture regarding the return of Iowa's Bald Eagles to Iowa. Lots of amazing facts and stories about Bald Eagles going about ther day to day lives, and of course there will be plenty of stunning photos of eagles at the nest, raising young, catching fish, and coping with a harsh winter environment.
Marshall Co. - Brown Bag lunch event- Grimes Nature Center




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