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 Your Didn't Know About Your Backyard Birds* 
  • Becoming an Ecotourist
  • Bird Feeding 101*
  • The Buzz About Pollinators*
  • Cardinals- Shy Sweethearts 
  • Gardening for the Birds*
  • Hummingbirds- Nature's Miracle
  • Nesting Neighbours
  • Orioles- Birds with a Sweet Tooth *
  • Preparing Your Yard for Spring*
  • Preparing Your Yard for Winter*
  • Woodpeckers- Nature's Carpenters
  • Wildlife Habitat Gardening*

* Popular choices among garden clubs

Presentation Testimonials

20 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Backyard Birds20 Things You Didn’t Know About Your 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. This presentation is full of interesting information and wonderful photos and is a must hear for anyone who enjoys watching and feeding their backyard birds.

 


Becoming an EcotouristBecoming an Ecotourist: Our 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 101Bird Feeding 101: Bird 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.


Backyard Pollinators (Blue Orchard Mason Bee and Alfalfa Leafcutter Bee)The Buzz About Pollinators: Did you know that many species of bees and other pollinators are in decline? Learn more about the different pollinators in North American and how you can do your part to help them. This presentation also explores how to attract pollinators to your yard and gardens. Encouraging visits from pollinators will provide wonderful results in any sized garden. 

 

 

Cardinals- Shy SweetheartsCardinals- Shy Sweethearts: Cardinals 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. 

 

 Gardening for the BirdsGardening for the Birds: Creating 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. 

 

Hummingbirds- Nature's MiracleHummingbirds- Nature's Miracle: Against 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 IllinoisNesting Neighbours: Enticing 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 ToothOrioles- Birds with a Sweet Tooth: Orioles 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. 

 

 

  OriolePreparing Your Yard for Spring: Spring brings with it a host of beautiful seasonal birds and wildlife including hummingbirds, orioles, grosbeaks, butterflies and pollinators. It's easy to attract these beautiful creatures and watch as they visit your yard through out the spring and summer. Learn how to prepare your yard to welcome and encourage these visitors. This presentation concentrates on how you can prepare your yard for the birds during the spring and summer 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.Preparing Your Yard for Winter

Preparing Your Yard for Winter: Now 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 in Southern Ontario, 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.

 

Woodpeckers- Nature’s CarpenterWoodpeckers- Nature’s Carpenter: Woodpeckers 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. 
 

 Gardening with Native PlantsWildlife Habitat Gardening: In 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 Wildlife Habitat Gardening. 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!