Shhh! The secret worlds of nature in the Ohio River Valley
What can you discover along the 981 miles of the Ohio River’s banks?
This insider’s guide to the astonishing variety of birds, butterflies, beetles, and larger animals that live along the river will surprise you. You’ll explore forests, swamps, urban areas, fields, and marshes–and take a peek at what happens in these habitats during each season of the year. You’ll also learn about how regional weather events affect migration.
Nancy Grant includes recommendations for notable wildlife refuges and parks to visit, and tips for having the most fun exploring any new habitat at any time of the year.
This program is designed as an indoor presentation and includes a slide show with photos by Nancy Grant. By special arrangement, Nancy Grant will also lead an outdoor nature ramble for up to 15 participants.
*All Photos by Nancy Grant unless otherwise credited.
Nancy Grant offers these two special talks through the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.
Where the Birds Are: Exploring Kentucky’s Varied Habitats
Sure you know the robin, hummingbird, and owl. But did you know that Kentucky’s bird life includes more than 300 other species? Who are they? Where are they? And why do they choose our state to nest and raise young during summer, visit during their long migration journeys, or spend a few winter months with us? If you’re a bird, what’s so great about Kentucky’s habitats?
How Do We Know That? Studying Nature in Kentucky, Then and Now
The study of natural history, understanding the lives of plants and animals, is not separate from human history. They are woven together. What we know about birds and butterflies, wildflowers and trees, is based on the work of people with muddy boots and sweaty faces and intense curiosity.
Beginning with stories of the lives and discoveries of internationally known naturalists working in Kentucky, this talk offers insights into the pioneering work done by John James Audubon, then 20th century scientists Robert M. Mengel, Mary Wharton, Roger Barbour, and Charles Covell—and brings listeners up-to-date on what today’s researchers and dedicated amateur citizen scientists are studying in Kentucky.
For more information, please call Nancy at (502) 641-9614.