Nature Travel Talks

Explore Nature Around the World-Virtually!

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From exotic places like Australia, New Zealand or the Maldives, to Europe or US locations such as Alaska or the Southwest, explore nature around the world!
“Joy’s talks are entertaining and informative. I learned so much and her photos were amazing!”-Donna

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Exotic Locations

Australia: Above and Below

Flying, hopping, crawling, swimming…The wildlife of Australia is truly unique. Tour through the temperate rainforests of Southern Queensland and the tropical rainforests of the Northeast. Enjoy views from above and then below as we also visit the home of “Nemo” and many other beautiful creatures found on the Great Barrier Reef.

New Zealand: Penguins, Parrots & Pods

New Zealand is home to many rare birds and marine mammals including the comical yellow-eyed penguin. Watch and listen as the yellow-eyed penguin returns from the ocean to feed its chick and the Antipodes Island parrot demonstrates “looks, personality and talent.” Not to be outdone, rare New Zealand sea lions make quite an impression as they interact on isolated South Island beaches, pods of rare Hector’s dolphins frolic near coastal shores and dusky dolphins play with kayakers as they travel deep into the fiords of southern New Zealand. Join us for sights and sounds of animal personalities from this amazing country.

Maldives: Paradise in the Indian Ocean or Dubai to the Maldives: Travels from Desert to Paradise

The Maldives is made up of a series of low lying coral atolls in the Indian Ocean, just south of Sri Lanka and India. A lush tropical paradise, it is also known for its amazing marine life. From massive, but harmless, whale sharks to rare hawksbill turtles and tiny beautifully colored fishes, the Maldives has an astounding variety of life to see. Large schools of manta rays, sometimes up to 200 or more in number, are also found near these islands. Join us for scenes of these graceful animals and images of wildlife throughout the Maldives.
Want more of the exotic? Add a side trip to the desert of Dubai.

Tropical Locations

Exotic Turneffe Atoll, Belize

Escape to the exotic nature of this remote tropical island chain off the coast of Belize. Beyond the second largest barrier reef in the world lies Turneffe Atoll. Away from the cruise ships of the mainland soar magnificent frigate birds and red footed boobies. Winter migrants, including warblers and hummingbirds, can also be seen on these remote islands. Some of the locals, such as the golden fronted woodpecker and spiny iguana, can even be seen competing for space on the same tree! From above the water, dolphins can be seen frolicking in the waves while manatees slowly cruise along feeding on sea grasses. Under the crystal clear waters are beautiful scenes of colorful reef fish and corals with even the occasional turtle or spotted eagle ray. Join us for images of this beautiful place.

Beautiful Bahamas

The Bahamas are a group of 700 islands, and many smaller islets, made from the remnants of coral reefs in the northern Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Formerly a British colony, their economy has long been reliant upon the sea. The underwater topography, storms, and even the contested nature of the Bahamas between England and Spain in the 18th century have led to many shipwrecks in its waters. Today, the remains of some of these wrecks can still be found, now home to fish, octopus, turtles and other creatures. In addition, the Bahamas has realized the economic value of marine tourism and has protected much of its waters, including banning commercial shark fishing. Now divers have the opportunity to see lemon sharks, tiger sharks and even great hammerhead sharks up close in one of the few protected areas in the ocean for these amazing predators. See images of the beautiful marine life found in the Bahamas from wrecks full of fish to sharks and playful spotted dolphins and calves that love to interact with divers and snorkelers.

The Wilds of Southern Belize

Located in Eastern Central America, Belize shares borders with Guatemala and Mexico. From the crystal blue ocean waters and inland to the nearby mountains, it is amazingly diverse. Wildlife along the Southern coast, and nearby rivers, includes magnificent tiger herons, fast flyers like the cinnamon hummingbird and the peregrine falcon, and large swimmers like manatees and crocodiles. Traveling inland to the rainforest brings sightings of spectacular butterflies, birds, like the black headed trogon, but also mammals like the elusive jaguar and bands of coatimundi. Join us for a virtual trip to see some of the stunning wildlife of Southern Belize.

European Locations

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Wales: Castles, Butterflies and more

Although part of the present day United Kingdom, Wales is a country of ancient origins and wild lands. Stone monuments from its pre-historic past still can be found across parts of the country today, along with ancient castles, remains of magnificent abbeys and even Roman ruins. The wild nature of this land can also be found in abundance, from the beautiful and colorful moors and butterflies of the Isle of Angelsea to the numerous birds and other wildlife of the coastal wetlands. More inland, the magnificent Kite can now be found again soaring as it looks for prey. Join us for castles, butterflies, birds and much more in a journey across Wales.

The Netherlands: Land of Wind, Water and Wildlife

To many, windmills are the iconic symbol of the Netherlands. For many centuries, the Dutch have controlled the flow of water with dikes and windmills in order to reclaim land from the sea. In more recent years, they have added vast storm barriers to protect their population from stronger storms and higher seas. While much of the land is engineered, there have been great efforts to protect the nature that remains. From year round and migratory birds to mammals, butterflies and flowers, signs of nature can be found in surprising abundance across the grasslands, forests, wetlands and seashores. Join us for a tour of the history and amazing wildlife of the Netherlands.

US Locations

Chiricahua Mountains, Wildlife Oasis in the Desert

On the Arizona-New Mexico border, just north of Mexico, lies the Chiricahua mountains and the valley below. This unique geological area is steeped in Native American history, from ancient days through to the time of the Apaches, like the famous Geronimo. In the mountains, signs of native people can still be found to this day. Due to the widely varied habitats, including a wide range of elevations, this area is also a birding hotspot with 375 known species including the elegant trogan and numerous hummingbirds. In addition to birds, the dramatic summer monsoons bring out many species of frogs, wildflowers and butterflies. Not to be forgotten, this area is also known for reptiles including the only species of venomous lizard found in the US, the gila monster. Come with us for an exploration of the diversity of this amazing area.

Alaska, Bears and Beyond

Alaska is often regarded as a last frontier and one of the last places to see numerous large wildlife. Through the Kenai fiords, small boats allow close access to thundering, calving glaciers, breaching humpback whales, dozing Steller sea lions and playful sea otters. Along the way bald eagles, puffins, murres and other sea birds abound. Accessible only by bush plane, the ocean beaches of the Lake Clark National Wildlife Refuge are a little-known area for brown bear viewing. In this open landscape, brown bears can be easily observed fishing, playing, napping and raising their young. Just north of Anchorage, the landscape shifts between fertile valley fields and the majestic views and crystal-clear streams of mountain glaciers. Join us as we tour parts of this diverse state now experiencing increasing change in the modern world.

Beyond Big Bend

Southwestern Texas is known for wide open spaces, cattle ranches and even a well-known National Park, but just outside the borders of Big Bend there are still many things to see in the Chihuahua Mountains and nearby. Summer rains bring life to the desert as flowers seem to pop out everywhere. In the hills and lowlands, wild animals of all sizes can be found. From mountain sheep to hummingbirds, big cats and wild javelina, there is much to see beyond Big Bend.

More US locations

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Exploring the Sky Islands

The Sky Islands of Arizona are among the most diverse ecosystems in the world and contains the highest biodiversity in the US. Due to their rapid elevation from the desert below, some areas remain temperate even on the hottest summer days. It is this variety of climate zones, from desert to tropical and temperate climates, that support a vast range of wildlife. This diversity includes over half the bird species of North America, 29 bat species, over 3,000 species of plants, and 104 species of mammals. From the brilliant feathers of the elegant trogon and the camouflage of the tiny whiptail lizard to the striking pattern of the Arizona sister butterfly and the agile coatimundi with its long furry tail, the Sky Islands have many creatures that are rarely seen. See images of some of these rarely seen creatures and learn about current challenges to these Sky Island ecosystems from climate change to invasive species and more.

Magical Tucson:
Hummingbirds & More

Southern Arizona, only 60 miles from the Mexican border, appears at first glance to be only a mix of rugged mountains and barren desert. However, life teems in this area when you look closer. Tiny hummingbirds can be found calling for mates and nesting in shrubbery, while giant saguaro cactus provide homes and food for a variety of bird life including cactus wrens. Animals including venomous gila monsters, road runners and even mountain lions have adapted to survive in this challenging environment. Just north of Tucson is the unique experimental site Biosphere 2. Here a closed environment allows scientists and students to study biological systems including rainforests, oceans, savannahs, grasslands in an effort to better understand the workings of these ecosystems.

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