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2019/2020 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
Cancelled due to Coronavirus - March 26th - 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! Pioneer Heritage Library
204 N. Vine Street
LeGrand, Iowa
Cancelled due to Coronavirus - March 30th - 1:00pm Iowa’s Spectacular Spring Songbird Migration Iowa’s location in the center of the country makes it a great location for observing and enjoying the spring songbird migration. I will present photos and will share my knowledge of more than 30 warbler species, along with the many colorful vireos, tanagers, and other migrating passerines. Physical characteristics of the various species, useful for identification, along with habitat favored during migration, migration dates, favorite field guides, etc., will be discussed. Photo emphasis is on behavior, including singing, nesting, and especially catching insects and larvae. Senior College - Woodlands Creek Independent Living Center - 12675 Woodlands Pkwy, Clive
Cancelled due to Coronavirus - April 9th - 7:00pm Iowa’s Spectacular Spring Songbird Migration Iowa’s location in the center of the country makes it a great location for observing and enjoying the spring songbird migration. I will present photos and will share my knowledge of more than 30 warbler species, along with the many colorful vireos, tanagers, and other migrating passerines. Physical characteristics of the various species, useful for identification, along with habitat favored during migration, migration dates, favorite field guides, etc., will be discussed. Photo emphasis is on behavior, including singing, nesting, and especially catching insects and larvae. Pioneer Heritage Library
204 N. Vine Street
LeGrand, Iowa
Cancelled due to Coronavirus -April 17th - 7:00pm 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, I am an Iowa outdoor writer and nature photographer who 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 me 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. Des Moines Science Center - Public welcome with paid admission - 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines

Cancelled due to Coronavirus -May 2nd - 7:00pm

 

South Georgia Island - Nature's Masterpiece

 

In the Atlantic Ocean, nestled about half-way between the tips of South America and Africa, a 100 mile long mountainous island towers above the sea. It’s beaches are a wildlife paradise, crowded with battling bull Elephant and Fur Seals, all vying for space with several species of penguins, which number into the hundreds of thousands! This British protectorate (former headquarters for the South Atlantic whaling fleet) is now managed as a pristine environment. Home to more than 100 million birds, including several species of Albatross, these protective measures are expected to push the population to 300 million. Come see and learn about this magical place, as we ply the scenic bays, aboard the Ortelius, an expedition ship, built to navigate some of the roughest seas in the world. Prepared as an educational and stunningly beautiful presentation.
Iowa Ornithologists Spring Meeting - Swan Lake State Park, Carroll IA



 

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