Science, Environmental & Natural History

With spectacular photography, an interpretive naturalist’s eye, and a storyteller’s passion and drama, Tim Herd teaches and inspires people to see nature as a precious resource of beauty and vitality that enriches the quality of life. Discover life lessons, deeper delights, and rewarding benefits from nature’s stunning splendor and magnificence.

Audiences ● Nature, Wildlife and Outdoors Enthusiasts ● Historic, Civic and Cultural Organizations Members ● Environmental Science and Natural Resource Advocates and Associations

Kaleidoscope Sky     rainbows, halos, mirages, aurora & other celestial marvels Based on Tim’s highly illuminating book, thrill to the rare and beautiful sights of a rainbow’s complete circle (and how to find it), spectacular and extensive (but fleeting) halo displays, tricky but true mirages, the ever-enchanting northern lights, and much more. With amazing images from around the world, learn how to locate, observe, predict, interpret, photograph, understand and enjoy our sky’s continual and most wondrous light show.

Maple Sugaring     sap to syrup An old Iroquois legend tells the discovery of sinzibuckwud—the sweet water drawn from wood in late winter. Based on Tim’s sweetly attractive book Maple Sugar, this is the next best thing to a visit to the sugarbush itself, covering the history and process of making maple syrup, from identifying and tapping the tree, to boiling down the sap and tasting the final product—including a look at the techniques of both large-scale producers and backyard hobbyists.

Eastern Woodland Indians     use of natural resources by the American Natives Speaking to us through artifacts, ecofacts, and features in the soil, the Eastern Woodland Indians of long ago demonstrate their culture and customs through their dependence on both the living and nonliving natural resources around them. Employing the twin sciences of archaeology and anthropology, we rediscover their sources of food, clothing, and shelter; their styles of tools, toys and games; and how they lived, worked, and played.

Pioneer and Colonial Living     colonial uses of natural resources Early colonial settlers of the New World found life difficult. They endured hard work, fought starvation, disease, harsh climates and sometimes, even hostile neighbors. But families were close-knit and managed to overcome the challenges of everyday living with a ruggedness of their own. Rediscover everyday pioneer life and customs, frontier shelters and colonial homes, how they raised their food and made their clothing, tools, and toys. Survey some of the common trades and occupations and appraise the state of their health, medicine, education, and the neighborly (and sometimes otherwise) relationships with the Natives.

Good Earthkeeping       environmental stewardship In this multi-media and multi-faceted indoor and outdoor program for all ages, Tim introduces many of the wildlife creatures who call Earth home, the types of habitats they live in, and how they depend on the Earth’s abundant and diverse resources to both survive and thrive. Then, in an outdoor workshop, the participants examine the water, land, and sky to discover the wildlife in their world and investigate ways they themselves can conserve resources, restore habitats, lessen harmful effects, and keep our Earth alive and well.

The Wondrous World of Winter    winter adaptations Short and cold days; longer and colder nights. Wind-whipped ice; frosty stillness. Limited shelter; dwindling food supplies. Wildlife must either change, move or die in response to the realities of winter in the northern temperate zone. It’s a special season in which to discover the amazing survival techniques of animals and plants, and the life lessons they impart to those who look.

Jurassic Beauty & the Beasts      dinosaurs and fossils Some were the biggest animals to ever walk the earth. Many sported large horns, spikes and body armor. But some were small, and some resembled birds more than reptiles. Some even boasted two brains! But not all the bizarre and fantastic creatures of the wondrous Jurassic world were dinosaurs. The allosaurus, apatosaurus, trachodon were all “terrible lizards.” But the pterandon, plesiosaurus, and dimetron were not. Go back in time to discover the difference between real dinosaurs and other reptiles, how fossils are formed, and how the Jurassic legacy endures even to today.

Cryptic Critters      animal adaptations It’s a critter-eat-critter world out there! And to survive, most animals and plants have developed a fascinating array of behaviors, signals, and downright tricks to attract mates, foil attacks, and deceive both predator and prey. Protective coloration, mimicry, bizarre shapes, and other tricks of the trade are introduced through thoroughly intriguing wildlife images from around the world.

Back from the Brink!     the case for open space Exploration and exploitation, habitat destruction, pervasive pollution, and downright apathy: these are some of the root causes for the decline in many wildlife populations. But this is not solely that story. Instead, Tim celebrates and documents some of the successes of wildlife management and conservation, and the return from the brink of extinction for such species as the trumpeter swan, elk, pronghorn, wood duck, bison, wild turkey, bald eagle, sea otter, bluebird, and many others.

Natural Disasters!     earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, tornadoes & other calamities Catastrophic case histories from around the world graphically tell the immense and awful tales of overwhelming destruction from volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, flash floods, severe weather and other calamities. In a respectful and non-threatening look at natural disasters—what they are, how they happen, and the forces they unleash—learn ways to stay safe during thunderstorms, severe weather, and other awesome, powerful displays of Nature on the rampage.

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