BIRDS & NATURAL HISTORY

Nancy Grant studies much more than birds. As a field naturalist she explores habitats to study the relationships within communities of plants and animals, and how they are interconnected. She examines why birds choose a particular place during their breeding seasons, as well as what they need during migration and the winter months. She travels extensively throughout the Ohio River Valley and the eastern United States during all seasons of the year.

At her home near Louisville, Kentucky she’s been carefully observing and documenting the life on her old farm for more than twenty years. Her field notebooks and nature journals include photographs and drawings of more than 600 species of living organisms including birds, insects, mammals, trees, wildflowers, fungi, and more, with new discoveries added each year.

In Nancy Grant’s newest book, Binge Birding: Twenty Days with Binoculars, you’ll be right on the scene with her as she travels along the Texas Gulf Coast, discovering birds and exploring the habitats they choose. You’ll also pick up fresh ideas for your own birdwatching fun anywhere, any season.

Scroll on down to find out more about the book, then scroll a bit more. You’ll find info about Nancy’s current speaking topics and presentations about birds and nature, for in-person or virtual gatherings.

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Do you need a leader for an outdoor nature ramble or a speaker for an indoor event or virtual gathering? Nancy Grant, “The Friendly Birder,” is an independent speaker available for presentations at regional, national, and international gatherings. She is also a member of the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau, with programs of special interest to Kentuckians.

All Nancy’s programs are carefully customized to suit the needs of meeting planners and their audiences.

Nancy’s current presentations, suitable for all locations, include:

On the feathered trail — Birding the friendly way

Field notes your way — Lists and photos and posts, oh, my!

Shhh! The secret worlds of nature in the Ohio River Valley

Nancy Grant offers these two additional programs though the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau:

Where the Birds Are — Exploring Kentucky’s Varied Habitats

How Do We Know That? Studying Nature in Kentucky, Then and Now

Scroll down for details, or call Nancy at (502) 641-9614 

Nancy is now booking presentations (in-person or virtual) for the remainder of 2020, and welcomes inquiries to book dates for 2021 and 2022.

Please call Nancy Grant at 502 641-9614 to discuss your needs and reserve your date now.

On the feathered trail

Birding the friendly way

In today’s high tech world, beginning birders can jump right in to access a vast pool of information on their cell phones. Photos, songs, digital maps–it’s all great. But where’s the human connection?

This entertaining presentation is designed as a keynote speech that keeps things fun and exciting, and includes plenty of time for questions and answers. Nancy’s talk is designed to welcome newcomers and more experienced birders to the global birding community, and help them safely make local and international connections.

Let’s go birding together!

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Field notes your way

Lists and photos and posts–oh, my!

In this fun and practical talk, Nancy Grant shares easy tips and tricks to help you organize your photos, life lists, and all the quirky little bits and pieces of information you’ve been accumulating. You don’t have to be a computer geek to keep track of your treasured birding memories and outdoor discoveries–all you need is a plan and some simple guidelines. She shows you how to gather it all together in ways that make sense for your personal goals and can help you preserve memories that will always bring a smile.

This presentation is designed as a break-out session during birding festivals, and fits into a 50-minute slot with time for questions and answers.

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.