Presentations

A popular presenter Kristen Martyn offers a wide variety of interesting and informative presentation packed full of colourful photographs. Her presentations are humorous, educational and enjoyable. Kristen’s wide range of stock and customizable presentations are suitable for a wide variety of audiences including garden clubs, naturalist groups and special interest groups. Please see the below list and detailed description of Kristen’s presentations. Also browse through the testimonials to see what people are saying about the presentations.

  • 20 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Backyard Birds ***NEW**
  • A Journey to the Hawaiian Islands
  • Backyard Pollinators (Mason and Leafcutter Bees) **NEW**
  • Becoming an Ecotourist
  • Bird Feeding 101*
  • Cardinals- Shy Sweethearts **NEW**
  • Costa Rica Birdlife- Tanagers, Trogons and Toucans
  • Costa Rica- The Colourful Birds and Wildlife
  • Florida- Birds and Wildlife
  • Gardening for the Birds*
  • Gardening with Native Plants* **NEW*

  • Hummingbirds- Nature’s Miracle*
  • Migrating Reptiles, of Snake Road Illinois
  • Nesting Neighbours **NEW**
  • Orioles- Birds with a Sweet Tooth **NEW**
  • Peru- Culture, Birds and Wildlife
  • Panama- Birds and Wildlife
  • Preparing Your Yard for Winter*
  • Snakes of Ontario
  • The Backyard Birds of Simcoe County
  • Woodpeckers- Nature’s Carpenters

*Popular choices among garden clubs

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Backyard Birds

20 Things You May Not Know About Backyard Birds

A backyard in Ontario may be home to as many as 20-30 species of birds during the year. Our backyard birds provide us with hours of entertainment as we watch them go about their daily lives; however there is still lots of learn about our feathered friends. Join us as we learn 20 things that you may not know about your backyard birds. This presentation is full of interesting information and wonderful photos.  This presentation is a must hear for anyone who enjoys watching and feeding their backyard birds.

A Journey to the Hawaiian Islands

 

Backyard Pollinators (Blue Orchard Mason Bee and Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee)

Backyard Pollinators (Blue Orchard Mason Bee and Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee)Did you know that many species of bees and other pollinators are in decline? This presentation focuses on the lifecycle of two species of solitary pollen bees found in Ontario, the Blue Orchard Mason Bee and Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee. Both species are excellent pollinators (better than honey bees) and can provide consistent pollination in your garden each year. This presentation examines the lives of these bees and how you can pollinators in your area. This presentation is a must hear for anyone wanting to hatch these bees in their yard. WBU Barrie sells the cocoons of both species April-May.

Becoming an Ecotourist

Becoming an EcotouristOur lives are slowly turning “green”.  We are building eco-friendly homes, buying hybrid cars, and purchasing eco-products.  So why not incorporate a little “eco” into our vacations and travel plans?   A former Board Member of the Ontario Ecotourism Society, and specialist in ecotourism and adventure tourism, Kristen Martyn explores the definition of ecotourism, and how each of us can become an ecotourist when we travel.  She also examines the importance of ecotourism to our planet and the impact that tourism can have on the places we love to visit.

Bird Feeding 101

Bird Feeding 101Bird feeding has become our number one form of interaction with wildlife.  By some estimates, more than half the households in North America put out food for wild birds at least occasionally. Such popularity is easy to understand. Would you like to join in on the excitement of one of North America’s most popular hobbies – backyard bird feeding? Do you already feed the birds, but need help attracting a greater variety of birds to your feeders? This presentation is packed full of photos of local backyard birds and wildlife, and is a must hear for anyone who currently feeds birds and other wildlife in their backyard or is interested in making their outdoor space wildlife friendly.

Cardinals- Shy Sweethearts

Cardinals- Shy SweetheartsCardinals are the celebrities of the backyard bird world. The number one bird that people want at their bird feeders are cardinals and it’s not difficult to see why. These shy birds bring a pop of colourful and personality to a backyard. Cardinals are dedicated mates, devoted parents and are a joy to observe. Join us as we explore the life history of these beautiful birds and explore how to attract these cardinals to your backyard. This presentation is a must hear for anyone who enjoys cardinals or wishes to attract them into their yard.

Costa Rica Birdlife- Tanagers, Trogons and Toucans

Tanagers, Trogons and Toucans the Birdlife of Costa RicaFamous for its lush tropical rainforest, active volcanoes and diverse wildlife, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise.  Nowhere else in the world will you find so many different habitats in such a small area.  Each habitat supports a vast and diverse birdlife. A total of 850 species of birds call this spectacular country home.  Kristen Martyn has experience living and guiding in Costa Rica, travelling extensively throughout the country. Kristen has birded throughout the country and shares her photographs, personal experiences, and travelling tips for birding in Costa Rica.  Pura vida!

Costa Rica: The Colourful Birds and Wildlife

Tapirs, Monkeys and Frogs the Widlife of Costa RicaFamous for its lush tropical rainforest, active volcanoes and diverse wildlife, Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise. With over 850 species of birds, 160 species of amphibians, 220 species of reptiles, 270 species of mammals and tens of thousands of species of insects, Costa Rica is a hotspot for naturalists and wildlife enthusiasts.  Kristen Martyn’ experience living and guiding in Costa Rica, provided opportunities for her bird watch and travel throughout the country and has seen the country’ many spectacular landscapes. She shares her photographs, personal experiences, and travelling tips for birding and wildlife viewing in Costa Rica.  Pura vida!

Florida- Birds and Wildlife

Florida- Birds and WildlifeSometimes overshadowed by its pristine beaches and lively nightlife, South Florida is full of unique habitats, some found nowhere else in the world. These habitats support a wide variety of birds and other wildlife. During the winter, South Florida is home to a host of migrant and resident species travelling from Canada and other parts of the US.  Join Kristen Martyn as she takes you on a journey from South Florida’s dry scrub, to the Everglades and everywhere in between.  She will share photographs, personal experiences and perhaps a video or two of some of South Florida’s amazing birds and wildlife.

Gardening for the Birds

Gardening for the BirdsCreating a refuge in your own backyard will improve the lives of birds and other wildlife and it is a fun and rewarding activity for your family, too.  Join Kristen Martyn as she explores how you can create a garden for the birds and other wildlife to enjoy.  This presentation focuses on the four key elements of attracting wildlife as well as the use of specific types of plants (with emphasis on native plants).  This presentation is packed full of photos of local backyard birds and wildlife, and is a must hear for anyone who enjoys gardening and is always looking for ways to bring wildlife into their yard.

Gardening with Native Plants

Gardening with Native PlantsIn recent years gardening with native plants has surged in popularity. This trend has benefited gardens and wildlife alike! A wide variety of native plants in Ontario, Canada and North America that attract birds and other wildlife, providing food, shelter and a place to raise a family. Growing native plants in your garden will attract wildlife and increase your backyard biodiversity. Join Kristen Martyn as she explores the world of Gardening with Native Plants. Kristen has been gardening with native plants for several years now and is very knowledgeable about native plants and which ones will attract birds and wildlife. This is a must hear for any gardener, birder or wildlife enthusiast!

Hummingbirds- Nature’s Miracle

Hummingbirds- Nature's MiracleAgainst all odds – hummingbirds are truly nature’s miracle!  The Ruby-throated Hummingbird is one of the smallest birds in the world, and yet it is a champion acrobat and long-distance flyer.   This presentation focuses on hummingbird feeding and foraging, nesting behaviour, migration and profiles some interesting hummingbirds.  This presentation looks at the fascinating lives of hummingbirds and provides helpful tips for attracting them to your yard.

Migrating Reptiles of Snake Road Illinois

Migrating Reptile. Snake Road, ILAs the name implies, Snake Road, Illinois is a mecca for a variety of reptiles and amphibians.  This road is legendary among herpetologists and reptile enthusiasts, for its spectacular fall reptile migration.  Snake Road is one of the only places in North America, where the State closes the road to motorized traffic, to protect populations of reptiles and amphibians.  Join reptile expert Kristen Martyn, as she takes you on a journey to Snake Road, Illinois to experience Copperheads, Cottonmouths and much more!  She will share photographs, personal experiences, and   videos of some of North America’s most amazing herpetofauna.

Nesting Neighbours

Nesting NeighboursEnticing birds to nest in your yard through proper habitat and safe nesting boxes is great for your birds and a fun and rewarding activity for your family. This presentation discusses various bird species and how they nest, functional bird houses, choosing the right placement in your yard, improving your yard’s nesting appeals, keeping predators at bay and observing your bird family. This presentation is packed full of photos of local backyard birds, and is ideal for anyone who wants to be a bird landlord.

Orioles- Birds with a Sweet Tooth

Orioles- Birds with a Sweet ToothOrioles are one of the most colourful backyard birds, and they have some of the most interesting diets.  This presentation focuses on oriole feeding and foraging, nesting behaviour, and migration as well as profiling Ontario two oriole species. This presentation is packed full of oriole photos, and is a must hear for anyone who enjoys orioles or wishes to attract them into their yard.

Panama- Birds and Wildlife

From the Rainforests to the Highlands, the Birds and Wildlife of Central and Western PanamaFamous for the Panama Canal, Panama is home to breathtaking forests, national parks and preserves.  With over 970 species of birds, it boasts the highest number of all Central American countries. With a vast array of species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, there is always something exciting to find.  Panama is rapidly becoming a birding and tourism hotspot, promoting it’ natural features, in addition to tourism. This presentation is full of photographs, personal experiences and travelling tips for birding and wildlife viewing in beautiful Panama!

Peru- Culture, Birds and Wildlife

The Culture, Birds and Wildife of Southern PeruSouthern Peru has it all.  Diverse and welcoming peoples, mystical archaeological sites, amazing Amazonian rainforest and the world’s highest tropical mountains.  Peru is one of the richest countries in the world for birds; it has over 1,800 species- more than what is found on the continents of North American and Europe combined.  The diversity of other wildlife is also vast, thanks to a variety of habitats. This presentation focuses on searching for wildlife and birds in Southern Peru and exploring the local culture.

Preparing Your Yard for Winter

Preparing Your Yard for WinterNow is the time to create a backyard winter refuge for the birds and for you!  Many of the birds in our backyards stay all year round, including during the winter months, including American Goldfinches, Northern Cardinals and many different woodpeckers.  Many more species travel south from Northern Canada and spend the winters in our backyards, including Common Redpolls, Dark-eyed Juncos and Pine Siskins. This presentation concentrates on how you can prepare your yard for the birds during the winter months using food, water and several other key features.  This presentation is packed full of photos of local backyard birds, and is a must hear for anyone who feeds the birds or would like to learn more about the birds in their area.

Snakes of Ontario

The Reptiles and Amphibians of OntarioThere are a total of 18 species of snakes spread throughout the Province of Ontario, many of which most people have never seen. These creatures live diverse and sometimes secretive lives, and to find them, you have to understand their natural history.  From Ontario’s only venomous snake to a snake sometimes called the “Ontario cobra”, our province is full of a specialized and spectacular serpents.  Join reptile expert Kristen Martyn, as she introduces you to Ontario’s snakes. She will share some of her photographs, personal experiences, dispel herp myths and share tips on identifying Ontario’s amazing snakes.

The Backyard Birds of Simcoe County

The Backyard Birds of Simcoe CountySimcoe County is home to a wide variety of interesting birds, many of which visit our local backyards and parks.  While you may be familiar with our backyard birds you might be surprised to learn about their secretive lives. Join us as we explores the common backyard birds in Simcoe County.  This presentation is packed full of bird photos and interesting facts about the birds we share our yards with.

Woodpeckers- Nature’s Carpenter

Woodpeckers- Nature's CarpentersWoodpeckers are one of nature’s most adaptive and interesting wild birds. It’s no surprise that people are always looking to attract these unique birds into their backyards. Woodpeckers are content to live in amongst the trees and have adapted to this lifestyle in some very unique ways. They are a relatively easy bird to attract into your yard with the right foods. This presentation focuses on woodpecker feeding and foraging, nesting behaviours, migration and profiles some interesting woodpeckers. This presentation is ideal for anyone who feeds woodpeckers or wishes to attract them into their yard.