Nature Speakers Bureau

Does your organization appreciate nature, science, the out of doors, or the environment?  If so, Wehr Nature Center can come to you.  Through the Wehr Speakers Bureau, we offer a variety of presentations and programs that can be tailored for your particular organization.  All Wehr staff are experienced public speakers and experts in their field.  We offer interesting and lively presentations for group sizes from 20 or 200.  Whether it is a garden club, service organization, senior center, or neighborhood association, we offer something special for your next meeting.

  • Presentation length can run from 40 to 60 minutes dependent on your preference and includes time for questions
  • Host organization must provide electrical source and screen
  • Must be able to dim lights in room where presentation is taking place
  • Set up time requires minimum of 20 minutes
  • $100 fee per speaking event
  • Additional mileage charge for out of Milwaukee County locations

Bees In our Lives: Why We Love Bees and How You Can Too

People have been keeping Honeybees for thousands of years.  Come discover the history of bees and beekeeping, their remarkable adaptations, and how to tell them apart from their wasp and hornet cousins.  Bees are critical pollinators worth Billions of dollars.  Our modern agricultural system could not function without them.  However, in recent years both honeybees and native pollinators have come under threat. Learn why bees are important in our lives and how we can do our part to keep our buzzy friends flying.

Going Batty for Bats: How Bats Make Life Better

Discover the fiction, folklore, and most importantly, the facts on Bats. Learn what Bats live near you and how scientists are racing against time to save Bats from a deadly disease.  This presentation will feature a special section of “Bat Math” as we learn how bathtubs, dogs, and cheeseburgers are more dangerous than Bats!  Want to participate in a citizen science project to study bats? Find out how, along with all of the amazing, and downright jaw dropping adaptations of bats that make our lives better.

Night Tigers: Our Neighborhood Owls

From the arctic to the tropics and everywhere in between, Owls are everywhere!  Through stunning photos, real owl calls, and hands-on owl artifacts, you can discover how Owls thrive in one of the most challenging environments on Earth – your backyard.  Learn what Owls call Wisconsin home and how you too can find, observe, and enjoy your neighborhood owls.

Moth Madness: The Magical Misunderstood Moth and Me

Think moths are nocturnal, drab, and pesky? – NOT!  Moths are stunningly adaptable and demonstrate a beauty that rivals their butterfly cousins.  Often overlooked, scientists are just now devoting efforts to study one of the most successful yet secretive animals on the planet. Learn how one naturalist’s perception of moths changed from ambivalence to admiration and how Wehr Nature Center participated in a world-wide program to promote moth conservation.  We will also share a moth monitoring project in Milwaukee with shocking results.

Magical Monarchs: The Journey of the Monarch Butterfly

From metamorphosis to migration – we will discover the amazing life journey of the Monarch Butterfly. Follow their migration and uncover how monarch populations are tracked, what a monarch tag is, and the many challenges faced by Monarchs. Learn how we can help the marvelous monarchs in our own back yard.

Habitat Helpers: Gardening for Hummingbirds and Butterflies

Let’s learn how to make outdoor spaces come alive with hummingbirds and butterflies. We can discover how to create a hummingbird and butterfly habitat in our own yard, garden, or deck, and discuss the best plants to use to attract these flyers. We will also discover the best hummingbird feeders, if butterfly houses work, and effective planting strategies.

For more information or to book a speaking event, contact Howard