Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 6:30PM / Essex High School in Essex, Vermont

Getting Gulls

They can be elegant or brutish, ambitious or lazy. And even as they pose for us in plain sight, they can be notoriously hard to identify — but not any more. During this one-hour session you’ll learn the best time and place and system for gull identification. You’ll discover how to look beyond feathers to identify gull species with confidence. We’ll even begin to demystify one birdwatching’s great challenges: immature gulls. With my images, videos and system (and strange sense of humor), among gulls you shall become a better birdwatcher — maybe even a better person. Brought to you by the good folks at Green Mountain Audubon, this program is free to students and open to everyone for a suggested donation of $5. Read more »

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Noon / Schoodic Institute, Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor, Maine

The Audacity of Migration

In the struggle for existence, migration is among nature’s great events. Birds do it. Whales do it. Even some insects move thousands of miles in spring or fall. Reporting from the frontiers of migration, Bryan Pfeiffer will reveal the secrets of migration from the perspective of a bird (Blackpoll Warbler), a butterfly (Monarch) and a dragonfly (Wandering Glider). With Bryan’s images, stories and humor, you’ll discover what new and innovative research tells us about how animals migrate to survive. This free talk is part of Schoodic Institute’s Brown Bag Lunch Series.

February 10, 2017 / Unitarian Church / Montpelier, Vermont

Naked in Montpelier

Reporting from the frontiers of Planet Earth, Bryan Pfeiffer and Ruth Einstein have already brought you “Naked in Norway” and “Naked in the Grand Canyon.” Now, direct from home, Bryan and Ruth bring you “Naked in Montpelier.” You’ll discover the odd and shocking wildlife that swims, slithers, walks, hops, flies or just sits there as the rest of us go about our lives in the capital city. This will be a revealing portrait of the wild in our own backyards. (Rated PG for “Politely Graphic.”) Brought to you by North Branch Nature Center’s Naturalist Journeys lecture series.

March 1, 2017 / 7PM / Newsbank Conference Center / Chester, Vermont

Birds, Butterflies, Backyards and Beyond

The American backyard is a crucible of culture and nature. Whether we grill out there, mow a lawn, or grow a garden, the backyard is a destination and a retreat — for us and for wildlife. With vivid images from nature and tales from the frontiers of wildlife science and stewardship, Bryan will present a fresh view of the wild outside our homes. He’ll offer practical advice for creating wildlife habitat in the yard and developing a wildlife ethic on a warming planet. You may be shocked to learn what’s flying around back there. This event is brought to you by The Nature Museum.

March 2017 / Time and Place to be Announced

Photography “Phundamentals” Workshops

Give Bryan four hours and he’ll give you your digital camera revealed. You’ll finally understand the dials, buttons and menus on point-and-shoot or SLR cameras. No longer will you set your dial to “AUTO” and hope for the best. With plain language and vivid examples, Bryan’s method helps any photographer capture images of nature, family, pets, sports, artwork, sunsets, landscapes or any of their own digital aspirations. Stay tuned for details.

April 3, 2017 / 7 PM / Berkshire Life Insurance / Pittsfield, MA

Insects for Birders

Long before birds even showed up on Planet Earth, insects were already on the wing. They invented flight. Four hundred millions years later, insect diversity puts bird diversity to shame. Name a color or pattern or behavior — you’ll find it expressed in glitter and sparkle and drama in the lives of insects. And it all plays out at your feet or within your grasp. In this program, Bryan brings you the skills for discovering butterflies, moths, dragonflies, tiger beetles and other insects attracting the attention of birders. This presentation is brought to you by the Hoffman Bird Club. Read more »

April 4, 2017 / 6:30PM / James L Goodwin State Forest Conservation and Education Center/ Hampton, CT

The Audacity of Migration

In the struggle for existence, migration is among nature’s great events. Birds do it. Whales do it. Even some insects move thousands of miles in spring or fall. Reporting from the frontiers of migration, Bryan Pfeiffer will reveal the secrets of migration from the perspective of a bird (Blackpoll Warbler), a butterfly (Monarch) and a dragonfly (Wandering Glider). With Bryan’s images, stories and humor, you’ll discover what new and innovative research tells us about how animals migrate to survive.

June 25-July 1, 2017 / Eagle Hill Institute – Steuben, Maine

Moths and Butterflies: Identification, Specimen Preparation and Taxonomy

Spend a week during the flight period of more than 250 species of butterflies and moths in Maine. Bryan will teach the butterfly section of this seminar; Hugh McGuinness will cover moths. The seminar will emphasize the identification of macrolepidopteran families and genera in hand and in the field. We’ll cover everything from photography to specimen preparation. More details are coming. But here is the course description.

July 2-8, 2017 / Eagle Hill Institute – Steuben, Maine

Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field Techniques and Identification

Although dragonflies and damselflies are fairly easy to learn, they can be hard to catch or observe in the field. This seminar will emphasize practical field skills for locating and identifying dragonflies and damselflies. Morning lectures will cover biology, taxonomy, and ecology. From late morning until late afternoon, in the field, participants will learn visual identification, net technique, catch-and-release identification, specimen collection, and (for those interested) photography. More details are on the way. Here is the course summary.

October 25, 2017 / 7PM / Newsbank Conference Center / Chester, Vermont

Naked in Norway

In the Arctic, Bryan Pfeiffer and Ruth Einstein discover that Willow Ptarmigans utter the craziest song ever, that a cloudberry tastes like an apricot-mango smoothie, that the planet is warming, and that the eternal sun exposes profound beauty and biodiversity so far north of the Equator. On this journey north, Bryan and Ruth walk the paths with reindeer and birds, with Linnaeus and perhaps even Homer. After this tale from Norway, with live fiddle music and vivid images, you may have a brand new view of the north … and the Odyssey. This event is brought to you by The Nature Museum.

November of 2017

Getting Gulls

They can be elegant or brutish, ambitious or lazy. And even as they pose for us in plain sight, they can be notoriously hard to identify — but not any more. During this one-hour session you’ll learn the best time and place and system for gull identification. You’ll discover how to look beyond feathers to identify gull species with confidence. We’ll even begin to demystify one birdwatching’s great challenges: immature gulls. With my images, videos and system (and strange sense of humor), among gulls you shall become a better birdwatcher — maybe even a better person. Stay tuned for a time and place.