Forests, tundra, glaciers, rivers and fjords, all stretched beneath the tallest mountain in North America! Even in this age of easy transportation, Alaska still looms as a last frontier. Its vast landscapes teem with wildlife, and invite the visitor to experience its many unique habitats. It is with a sense of wonder and awe that we present our own impressions of this wonderful land.
From the dramatic Pacific coast and Channel Islands to the vast inland Salton Sea, southern California offers a rich and varied avifauna to the visiting birder. Stretching between these two seas lays a string of changing habitats, each hosting its own treasures. From urban, to chaparral, to mountain, to desert, we explore each of these special places and their birds and other wildlife. Rarities like the Island Scrub Jay, Yellow-footed Gull and LeConte’s Thrasher are a special treat as we enjoy the variety of scenery and other wildlife that enhances any visit to this land of extremes.
Great for bird clubs, garden clubs, school or scout groups, senior centers, and more!
Programs are approximately 45 minutes in length
$100 per program
Workshop length and price varies, based on the needs of the group
The Nature of South Florida
From Maine’s rocky coast to Florida’s everglades, through the great plains and badlands, to the mountains and deserts of the west, and on to the unique habitats of Hawaii and Alaska, we explore through photography the scenic wonders and wildlife diversity preserved through our National Park System.
How to Photograph Birds: A One-Hour Workshop
Skimmers and shorebirds, spoonbills and herons; Purple Gallinules, Limpkins, wintering warblers, and so much more! Join us as we explore the threatened ecosystem of South Florida and many of the wonderful birds that depend on it.
Southeastern Arizona, with its "sky islands" and avian species that barely reach across the border from Mexico, has long been a mecca for birders. But surrounding areas have great birding too, and the whole region boasts scenery beyond compare. While we'll focus on Arizona south and east of Tucson, we'll also highlight some of the many reasons to consider expanding your forays to the Big Bend and Davis Mountains of west Texas as well as to southern Utah!
This slide-illustrated program illustrates many of the magnificent birding destinations in America's southwest. We 'explore' this region's fascinating habitats, from mountains to grasslands, deserts and the riparian areas that provide oases for birds. We’ll showcase the unique and beautiful birds within each of these areas, as we discuss places to go and when to visit.
We all enjoy the birds in our own backyards. In this slide-illustrated program, we cover the basics of attracting birds with food, water, and shelter. We cover types of feeders and feed, plantings and cover for birds, and common questions such as squirrels and hawks. Photographs show many of the common and less common backyard visitors to the northeast. Enjoy the show, and bring your questions!
**Note: We also offer an expanded, two-hour version of this program as a workshop, offered to educational groups.
They fly. They sing. They attract mates with their spectacular plumage. They are symbols of freedom, music and romance. But the lives of birds are fraught with danger and hardship, and they show remarkable endurance for such small creatures. In this program we look at these seemingly fragile beings and the strategies they have evolved to achieve their own survival and the survival of their species.
Nature at Your Doorstep
There is incredible beauty in nature: from magnificent birds, flowers and landscapes to the tiniest insects. Suitable for all levels of photographers with a variety of equipment, this program covers the basic elements of nature photography including light, composition, and focus, and we discuss how these elements apply to close-ups, landscapes, and wildlife photography. We also cover aspects of simple editing, and where to photograph nature in upstate NY. Along the way we illustrate our points with some of our favorite photos of the beauty of nature.
If you think you have to travel to the far corners of the earth to explore the beauty of the natural world, think again! Birds, flowers, butterflies, reptiles and amphibians abound in New York's Capital Region and just beyond. This program highlights the species that can be found in our own backyards and just a few hours’ drive beyond. Some of the region’s most popular natural areas are included in this program. So come and watch, then get out and enjoy nature right in our own region!
Attracting Birds to Your Backyard
Nature's Beauty from Coast to Coast
Birding America's Southwest
Picturing Nature: A Practical Guide to
Spring is a great time to look for birds in the Capital Region. It is the height of migration, with many birds just arriving for the season, and others passing through on their journey further north. But what are these beautiful birds? How do we identify them, and where do we go to find them? In this 2 1/2 hour, one-night workshop, designed for beginners, we will cover the basics of identifying birds that you may see and hear. The class will include discussion of binoculars, field guides, apps, and places to go birding in the region. Come and get a head start on this fun and popular hobby!
**Note: We also offer this as a one-hour program for groups who are looking for a shorter program.
From sandy Atlantic beaches, to rocky Pacific cliffs; from lush valleys full of ferns and flowers to stark deserts; from lofty mountains to flowing rivers, our country offers a vast array of habitats and scenery. Join us as we explore many of these natural places of immense beauty.
Birding South Florida
Valley of Life: Exploring Death Valley
How to Find and Identify Birds
We all love birds and birding, but how do we best photograph them? Whether it is to document a rarity, get that publishable shot of a bird, or to capture the beauty of the birds in your backyard, there are techniques that will improve your ability to get the image that you want. In this fast-paced one hour workshop we will cover the key elements of bird photography including light, composition, and focus.
We’ll discuss ways to approach and attract birds, how to get the best angles and composition in the field. Simple editing techniques can greatly enhance a photo, either as a documentation tool or for a beautiful image for your wall.
We will also discuss equipment for bird photography. Bring your cameras if you wish, and certainly bring a notebook and your questions! Along the way we illustrate our points with some of our favorite photos of birds.
For many years, south Florida has been a magnet for travelers from the north, especially in the winter! In this program we explore the area from a naturalist's perspective. From the sandy beaches and beautiful seashells of Sanibel Island, to the stunning sunsets of Key West, this program offers views of the natural world which coexists with the travel phenomenon that is South Florida.
On the Edge: The Perilous Lives of Birds
America's National Parks
Sea to Sea: Birding Southern California
The lower Rio Grande Valley of south Texas is one of the top birding areas of the US. With species including Green Jay, Plain Chachalaca, Great Kiskadee and Least Grebe, "The Valley" draws birders searching for birds found nowhere else in the country. This program features some of our favorite birding sites from the Gulf Coast to Laredo, as well as some of the wonderful birds that inhabit them.
With names like Coffin Peak, Funeral Mountains, Furnace Creek and Scorpion Lane, Death Valley commands respect. It is the hottest place on the planet, and the lowest and driest in North America. Yet this harsh and beautiful land hosts a surprisingly diverse community of plants and animals. In this program we explore Death Valley National Park, the largest in the lower 48 states, protecting nearly 3.4 million acres of Mojave desert. Join us as we examine its habitats, from the salt basin around Badwater, to the Mesquite Dune Field, to the majestic mountains that surround this unique valley on all sides – and the remarkably adapted life within Death Valley!
We don't have to travel to the ends of the earth to explore the beauty of nature. We can enjoy nature right in our own backyards! This program provides techniques for making our yards more attractive to birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. It provides specific suggestions on bird feeders and food, along with the other key essentials of water, and shelter, including specific plantings to attract both birds and butterflies. The program features stunning photos of many of the species that we seek to attract, which beautify our yards during both winter and summer. We also discuss common bird-feeding questions, such as squirrels and hawks. Bring your questions! Nature is beautiful!
Gardening for Wildlife
Purple Gallinules, Roseate Spoonbills, nesting wading birds and wintering passerines; alligators, crocodiles, and colorful tree snails; all are part of the rich yet fragile Everglades. From the ”River of Grass” to Florida Bay, we explore this park’s major habitats and share its best birding areas through pictures. The program concludes with a photo/music tour of this remarkable place. Discover what draws us again and again to spend a day - or even a week - in the Everglades.
Valley of Birds: Birding the Rio Grande Valley From Brownsville to Laredo