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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

August 6th

2:30pm

Safari to Zambia Africa’s Serengeti Plains and Botswana’s Okavango Delta are often imagined when dreaming of an African Safari, but Zambia may be one of Africa’s best kept secrets! This presentation will take you to a delightful country, filled with wonderful people, beautiful scenery, and some amazing birds and mammals. We will visit three safari camps from which daily excursions into the bush are launched. The bird life is fantastic and several species of antelope, along with elephant, zebra, giraffe, and many other grazers abound. And of course there are the predators that prey upon these creatures. I’ll share colorful antidotes along with some amazing photographs of these animals (many taken at night) including dramatic footage of leopards stalking and taking down prey in the darkness.. Lastly, we will ply the waters of the Zambezi River, where elephant and hippo abound, and which feeds the world famous Victoria Falls. Pella - Fair Haven Retirement Facility

August 6th

3:15pm

Safari to Zambia Africa’s Serengeti Plains and Botswana’s Okavango Delta are often imagined when dreaming of an African Safari, but Zambia may be one of Africa’s best kept secrets! This presentation will take you to a delightful country, filled with wonderful people, beautiful scenery, and some amazing birds and mammals. We will visit three safari camps from which daily excursions into the bush are launched. The bird life is fantastic and several species of antelope, along with elephant, zebra, giraffe, and many other grazers abound. And of course there are the predators that prey upon these creatures. I’ll share colorful antidotes along with some amazing photographs of these animals (many taken at night) including dramatic footage of leopards stalking and taking down prey in the darkness.. Lastly, we will ply the waters of the Zambezi River, where elephant and hippo abound, and which feeds the world famous Victoria Falls. Pella -Jefferson Place Care Facility

August 7th

2:30pm

Safari to Zambia Africa’s Serengeti Plains and Botswana’s Okavango Delta are often imagined when dreaming of an African Safari, but Zambia may be one of Africa’s best kept secrets! This presentation will take you to a delightful country, filled with wonderful people, beautiful scenery, and some amazing birds and mammals. We will visit three safari camps from which daily excursions into the bush are launched. The bird life is fantastic and several species of antelope, along with elephant, zebra, giraffe, and many other grazers abound. And of course there are the predators that prey upon these creatures. I’ll share colorful antidotes along with some amazing photographs of these animals (many taken at night) including dramatic footage of leopards stalking and taking down prey in the darkness.. Lastly, we will ply the waters of the Zambezi River, where elephant and hippo abound, and which feeds the world famous Victoria Falls. Pella - The Cottages
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
September 17th - 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 Audubon - Northwest Community Center, 51st and Franklin Avenue, Des Moines
September 18th - 10:00am 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! Cerro Gordo Co. - Lime Creek Nature Center, Mason City
January 18th - Time - TBD The Return of Iowa's Bald Eagles Join Iowa author/photographer Ty Smedes for a slide presentation and lecture which will reveal many incredibly interesting discoveries about Iowa's Bald Eagles and how they go about their every-day lives in Iowa and the Midwest! See eagles eating fish while on the wing, photos which illustrate the plumage evolution of younger eagles, an eagle nest diary, eagles flying with icicles on their toes, eagles diving, catching fish, and much more. Learn how researchers track bald eagle movements, and where eagles come from that winter in Iowa. And listen to the many anecdotes about Iowa’s Bald Eagles. The presentation will also reveal many highlights of the 2nd edition printing of “The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagles”, including updated nesting and wintering statistics, Bald Eagle rehabilitator updates, more than 70 new photos, and many exciting new action sequences. The book will be available for sale and can be signed by the author. Dubuque Eagle Days - The Grand River Center - 500 Bell St, Dubuque

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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