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2018/2019 Presentation Schedule


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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.

2019/2020 Presentation Schedule
Date & Time
Topic
Description
Location
June 10th 11:30am Safari To Botswana This presentation includes many striking and intimate images of Africa, including photos of birds and mammals with young, catching prey, and interacting in fascinating ways. Please join Ty as he brings you along on an African safari. You will learn about African wildlife, and hear some incredible first-hand stories. Charismatic animals, include Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, Hippo, African Wild Cat, and the rare and elusive Wild Dog. The African birds are 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. And if you’ve ever wondered what an African Safari is like, come loaded with your questions for an experienced Safari organizer who has led 8 safari’s to the dark continent. Grimes Conservation Center - Brown bag event - Marshall County Conservation
July 13th 6:00- 9:00pm Nature Photography 101 Slide Presentation and lecture, with examples of what constitutes good nature photography. We will cover technique, composition, and the things that make a subject interesting to your viewer. We will also see and discuss examples of what constitutes a good vs poor specimen, whether it is a plant or animal. Scenic photography techniques will also be covered. Lighting and exposure will be discussed, as well as camera and lens choices, tripods, tripod heads, and other equipment.. Differences between RAW and JPEG images will be explained, along with the advantages of each, and a primer on post-processing on the computer, for optimum results. This is a great class for those who want to get started with nature photography as well as those who are already experienced and want to pick up some new ideas and techniques. Best for those with 35mm DSLR cameras utilizing interchangeable lenses, but will be helpful to those with point-and-shoot cameras as well – especially those wanting to upgrade to DSLR. Jester Park Nature Center- JJester Park, Granger
August 27th - 10:00am Climate for Change As we experience an exploding human population and rapidly increasing pressure upon remaining habitat, the plant and animal communities that make up our planet’s diverse ecosystems are under siege. Along with covering Iowa’s natural history, Ty Smedes, an Iowa outdoor writer and nature photographer has ventured to the jungles of South America, the savannas of Africa, the icy shores of Antarctica, and the high mountain stronghold of New Guinea’s fabled Birds of Paradise. Join Ty for a slide presentation and lecture, as we discover many spectacular species of wildlife, and explore some of our planet’s most wild places. We will discuss the challenges faced by many of these creatures, as we highlight several local and global success stories and consider the need for environmental sustainability during this 21st century. Bankers Trust Customer Presentation - Johnston Public Library
September 3rd - 11:00am Raptors of the Midwest While most Iowans may recognize our more common raptors, like the Red-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks, along with the Great-horned and Barred Owls, there are many other raptors that only occasionally nest in our state, along with many other species that pass through on migration. Join us for an interesting presentation where you will learn about the hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and vultures that live in Iowa or migrate through on their way to nesting or wintering areas. We’ll discuss their physical traits as well as identifying the prey they seek, and the habitat they prefer for nesting and rearing their young. You’ll also learn tips for identifying these birds of prey, when you spot one sitting or on the wing. And of course there will be many colorful photos to help with identification! OWLS - McFarland Park - Story County (must pay for lunch if interested)
September 5th - 1:30 - 3:00pm Raptors of the Midwest While most Iowans may recognize our more common raptors, like the Red-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks, along with the Great-horned and Barred Owls, there are many other raptors that only occasionally nest in our state, along with many other species that pass through on migration. Join us for an interesting presentation where you will learn about the hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and vultures that live in Iowa or migrate through on their way to nesting or wintering areas. We’ll discuss their physical traits as well as identifying the prey they seek, and the habitat they prefer for nesting and rearing their young. You’ll also learn tips for identifying these birds of prey, when you spot one sitting or on the wing. And of course there will be many colorful photos to help with identification! Senior College- Woodland Creek Retirement Center, Independent Living Building, 12675 Woodland Pkwy., Clive, IA.

September 10th - 7:00pm Raptors of the Midwest While most Iowans may recognize our more common raptors, like the Red-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks, along with the Great-horned and Barred Owls, there are many other raptors that only occasionally nest in our state, along with many other species that pass through on migration. Join us for an interesting presentation where you will learn about the hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and vultures that live in Iowa or migrate through on their way to nesting or wintering areas. We’ll discuss their physical traits as well as identifying the prey they seek, and the habitat they prefer for nesting and rearing their young. You’ll also learn tips for identifying these birds of prey, when you spot one sitting or on the wing. And of course there will be many colorful photos to help with identification! Des Moines Izaak Walton League - 4343 George Flagg Pkwy, Des Moines

March 10th - 7:00pm

 

Raptors of the Midwest

 

While most Iowans may recognize our more common raptors, like the Red-tailed and Cooper’s Hawks, along with the Great-horned and Barred Owls, there are many other raptors that only occasionally nest in our state, along with many other species that pass through on migration. Join us for an interesting presentation where you will learn about the hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and vultures that live in Iowa or migrate through on their way to nesting or wintering areas. We’ll discuss their physical traits as well as identifying the prey they seek, and the habitat they prefer for nesting and rearing their young. You’ll also learn tips for identifying these birds of prey, when you spot one sitting or on the wing. And of course there will be many colorful photos to help with identification!
Prairie Rapids Audubon - Cedar Falls



 

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