Natural History Lectures & Live Reptile Programs & Exhibits
Over a period of the past 40 years, I have lectured, provided live reptile programs and administered classes to many thousands of people, from pre-school ages to senior citizens. In addition, I have guided trips and provided field interpretation on expeditions all over the world. One of the greatest pleasures in regards to my being a consummate student of natural history is to pass along some of my knowledge to others. Thus, lectures, programs and teaching are a very important and pleasurable part of my natural history business.
Lectures: I can lecture on many natural history topics using a PowerPoint format. I use my own, high quality images (photographs) in presentations and depending on the subject, may also provide live reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and plants.
Programs are designed for a wide range of audiences: Garden Clubs, Scouting Organizations, Nature Centers, school classrooms, home schools, after-school programs, senior centers and outing clubs can be provided educational programs to meet the needs of their students, members and participants.
In regards to the venomous species programs and exhibits, companies that provide landscaping services and pest control companies can greatly benefit in providing continuing education programs to their staffs. The program scope of coverage provides identification of flora and fauna that people should avoid as they may have health implications on people coming into contact with these species.
In addition, EMT & EMS services, ER doctors and dermatologists may find venomous bites and stings programs extremely beneficial in their tending to patients / victims of snake-bite envenomation and / or contact with venomous spiders, scorpions and irritant plants. Scouting groups, outdoor clubs and nature centers can also benefit from displays and lectures on the venomous snakes, spiders, scorpions and insects that reside in Georgia. This, to provide the information on native & introduced species and re-enforcing that just a little education goes a long way in allowing people to have a wonderful outdoor experience.
Venomous Snakes of Georgia: Exhibit / Display / Lecture
This exhibit is one that can be provided for a special event, such as a reptile day, snake day or simply just a 2 hour program. I require that I be present during exhibit time to monitor the animals as well as provide interpretation as needed. If the 2 hour program is requested, I will provide a 45 minute PowerPoint Program on Georgia’s venomous snakes and have the collection of venomous species for participants to observe the live animals.
Live venomous snakes to include:
Copperhead: (Adult) Agkistrodon contortrix
Copperhead: (young) Agkistrodon contortrix
Cottonmouth: (adult) Agkistrodon piscivorus
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake: Crotalus adamanteus
Timber Rattlesnake: (Canebrake Phase) Crotalus horridus
Timber Rattlesnake: (Mountain Phase) Crotalus horridus
Carolina Pigmy Rattlesnake: Sistrurus miliarius miliarius
Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake: Sistrurus mliarius barbouri
These species are all native to Georgia.
All snakes will be displayed in locked cages to insure that no contact with viewers and / or facility staff members is possible. All species exhibited will be labeled (identification) with range maps and a brief interpretive text on the natural history of each species.
In addition, the venomous spiders and scorpions of Georgia can also be exhibited.
Species to include:
Northern Black Widow
Southern Black Widow
Brown Widow (introduced)
These species will be displayed with signage indicating range as well as text describing habits and natural history of each species.
Please contact me for venomous species programs and live animal exhibits fees. Live venomous displays and programs start at $400 for a 2 hour program.
Please note. I am fully insured for all aspects of my business, including venomous snakes displays and exhibits.
Bites, Stings & Itches
This PowerPoint Program covers most of the insects, spiders, scorpions, snakes and plants that we all need to be aware of while enjoying the out-of-doors. Program includes macro photography (close photography) of species to provide the best means of identification. Also included are the typical reactions from bites or contact with injurious species. Much of the information on bites and the reactions from bites is from first-hand knowledge of the author.
In addition, live venomous snakes, spiders, scorpions and plants like poison ivy, stinging nettle and spurge nettle can be exhibited.
See sample photographs for a peak into the basis for this lecture / exhibit.
Please Note! This material will soon be available as a book with a CD that can be loaded into a computer to have information readily available at your fingertips.
The following are possible program topics: If you would like a program to fit the needs of your group or organization, please contact me to discuss, as many other natural history topics are possible.
Reptiles & Amphibians of Georgia ; PowerPoint & live reptiles
Venomous Snakes of the Southeastern U.S.: PowerPoint & live venomous snakes
Bites, Stings & Itches: Things to watch out for in the S.E. U.S. PowerPoint & live venomous snakes, Spiders, scorpions and plants.
Venomous Snakes of the World: PowerPoint
Turtles of the Southeastern U.S.: PowerPoint
Reptile Biology: PowerPoint
Amphibians, the phenomena of amphibian decline around the world: PowerPoint
Rock Rattlesnakes: PowerPoint
Ball Pythons: PowerPoint
Snake Bite Envenomation around the World: PowerPoint
Georgia and its natural beauty: PowerPoint
Wetlands: Bogs, marshes, swamps, creeks & rivers of the Southeastern U.S.: PowerPoint
Carnivorous Plants: PowerPoint
Georgia’s Bio-regions: PowerPoint
Backyard Habitats: everything from bird feeders and bird houses to native food plants and ponds: PowerPoint
Wildlife around the World: PowerPoint
The World’s Greatest Wildlife Destinations: PowerPoint
Endangered Species: (Mammals, Birds, Reptiles & Amphibians) PowerPoint
Nature Photography: PowerPoint
Birdwatching: A lifetime of pleasure: PowerPoint
Birds of North America: PowerPoint
Raptors of the Eastern North America: PowerPoint
Peregrine Falcons, the story of a successful re-introduction program: From Endangered Status to de-listing: PowerPoint
Royal Terns: PowerPoint
Pelagic Birding: PowerPoint
Wading Birds: PowerPoint
Gulls of the World: PowerPoint
The National Parks of the U.S.: PowerPoint
Great Birding Destinations: PowerPoint
Costa Rica: PowerPoint
Galapagos Islands: PowerPoint
The Amazon River and its wildlife: PowerPoint
The Pantanal: PowerPoint
Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego: PowerPoint
Papua New Guinea: PowerPoint
South Africa: PowerPoint
Kenya & Tanzania: PowerPoint
Camping with Kids: PowerPoint
Canoe Camping: PowerPoint