The first request came from one of our customers at the Wild Birds Unlimited that I work at. The customer runs a foundation and one of the things that they do is teach three elementary school classes about birds. The next topic was identification, which I love to teach so I jumped at the opportunity. I must say that I am much more comfortable working with adults and I was quite worried about how I would do working with kids. Luckily, it went great with the third grade class and the kids learned a ton. I also learned a lot about working with kids! Since then, I have been back to the school for the second graders and I will be going back again to teach the fourth graders! I have even been invited back in the spring to talk about migration!
My other speaking engagement was with the Boone County (IN) Bluebird Society. I had no particular topic so it was slightly difficult for me to get rolling when planning the presentation but I finally got something put together. The presentation was at the Zion Nature Center a quaint little nature center in Zionsville. It had been years since I had been there and it was great to look around before I got started. About 20 bluebird enthusiasts were at the meeting and I spoke the them about my favorite birding locations in Indiana and beyond. They all asked wonderful questions and I had a great time!
Me speaking to the Boone County Bluebird Society