Presentations about All Things Wild:

Animals, Conservation, Tropics, Wildfire, and more

 Available for Your Group, Class, or Organization

Prepared for Adults and Kids of all Ages


If you are in interested in wildlife and involved in:

  • education
  • non-profit outreach
  • naturalist programs
  • environment or wildlife related business
  • docent groups or outdoor “Friends of” groups
  • humane “pest” control / wildlife exclusion
  • wildfires of Southern California
  • wildlife dangers, disease, predators

…or you are simply curious about animals, check out my Presentation summaries below. All talks are modeled to appeal to each individual audience, whether comprised of adults, teens, children, or the entire family.

 Presentation topics:

(All) = can be geared for adults, teens, and/or children

(A)  = geared for older audiences ages 16 and up

(C) = geared for children grades k-8

1.  Giant Anaconda Research and Wildlife Conservation in Venezuela. My most popular presentation, this focuses on my extensive research of wild anacondas while I lived in Venezuela, where we caught and released over 800 snakes. It was funded and filmed by National Geographic Society and the Wildlife Conservation Society and featured on Dateline NBC and Discovery. It includes photos and stories about Orinoco crocodiles, giant otters, other mammals, birds, and more. (All)

2.  The Benign, the Maligned, and the Truly Deadly.  Also very popular, I share facts, myths, and lots of amazing stories about wildlife deemed to be deadly – or are they? What about wildlife we rarely to never hear about, that can really kill us or make us terribly ill? I talk about everything from predators (lions, bears, wolves, sharks), snakes (of course!), disease vectors and invasive pests, as well as animals that can cause humans great harm by their disappearance, such as honey bees. This is a favorite for kids and adults! (All)

3.  Wildlife and Conservation of the Galapagos Islands. This presentation is primarily a photo travelogue of the Galapagos, taken while I was working as an instructor for Boston University’s Tropical Ecology Program. It focuses on the amazing and uniquely evolved wildlife and conservation issues of the Islands. (All)

4.  For the Birds. For those bird lovers among you, I have combined my tropical wildlife presentations to highlight some of the birds I observed and researched.  While I lived in Venezuela I also helped the regional Audubon Society create a  local bird list, on our preserve alone there were over 400 species! The talk includes some bird vocalizations as well. (All)

5.  For Budding Naturalists. This interactive presentation is geared for children and focuses on various habitats while relating to both the tropics and wildlife closer to home. It specifically addresses the role conservation plays in their lives of animals and us humans. Note: for classes of grades 1- 6 the presentation can be geared towards the related biology curriculum being taught for the particular audience age(s). (C) (By the way, if you truly have the option of taking kids outdoors into nature for an afternoon OR having someone  speak to them while they sit inside: take the kids and go OUT into the wild to explore!)

6. Threatened and Endangered Species of California. This presentation showcases some of the most sensitive species and habitats of California, including what their protective designations mean technically and realistically in the 21st century. It can be interactive and places special focus on conservation actions that anyone can take to help these species and their habitats to thrive. (All)

7.   Wildlife Conservation Advocacy. Topical for California, this presentation is an introductory version of my Wildlife Conservationist Certification Training classes. It is geared for ages 16 and up, and addresses the issues that are key to being an effective wildlife activist or an informed naturalist.  The typical audience member is “beginner” in the volunteering world but would like to know what actions s/he can take to make a difference in their community or region. However the presentations material has been proven to also be of value to those experienced in the fields of wildlife biology, naturalist docent programs, and /or environmental activism. This class can serve as an introduction to a series of classes for the purpose of gaining certification. If your group is interested in such a course, please ask me for details. (A)

8.  WildFIRE in Southern California. This presentation addresses the myths and realities regarding wildfire in Southern California. It also provides information on how to landscape your home while keeping you and your house safe, and your surrounding natural outdoor environment healthy, viable, and fire-resistant.  (A)

9.  Living in Harmony with our Wild Neighbors. With this discussion I highlights facts, stories, myths, and regulatory laws about our nearby wildlife, and give insight to how anyone can humanely keep native wildlife out of your home and garden. Much of this presentation comes from my experience as director of a humane pest control business, also known as Wildlife Exclusion. This presentation is popular with home owners, HOAs, and groups interested in solving problems regarding unwanted house guests without cruelty or toxic compounds. (A)

Note: With rare exceptions, my presentations do NOT include live animals, although they may include things like nests, feathers, skulls, and  cultural items. Some may include wildlife vocalizations; ever heard a horned screamer doing a duet with its mate, or an 800 pound crocodile defending his territory? It’s a unique experience!

◊   Presenter experience: See the bio below for details on my relevant experience as a biologist, instructor, and volunteer activist.

◊    Presentations individually modeled for each audience: My programs are unique; they are modeled for your particular audience in respect to age, your group’s interests, and the degree of interactive participation that might be desired and relevant. They typically run an hour to an hour and half (adult audiences), although time duration is flexible.

 ◊    Visual presentations: These programs include many photos, shown via Power Point, that I have taken myself, along with others shared with me by friends many of whom are professional photographers.

◊    Conservation focus: These presentations are not only fun but informative in a way that can be useful to any audience member regardless of age. Every presentation has its own way of investigating local conservation stories and their relevance to our lives, with an additional goal of showing audience members how the simplest of actions can improve the environment for wildlife and humans alike.

◊    Cost:  I have a standard rate with a sliding scale. Tell me what you can afford and I will work with you. My goal is not to make my presentations cost prohibitive, it is to give your group an opportunity to learn more about wildlife as it interests and relates to you.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions:

Background of Presenter Renée Owens:

Education and Profession

Ms. Owens has a MS in Ecology, a BS in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies and Chemistry, as well as Certification for Community College Instruction. She is currently a MS candidate in Green Mountain College’s Environmental Science Program. She has over two decades of experience as a conservation biologist, and 20 years ago she founded her environmental consulting business (Sage Wildlife Biology). She specializes in the conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife species, and holds several federal endangered species recovery permits.

Tropical Habitat Experience

Ms. Owens  has been a college instructor in Biology, Ecology, Botany, and Environmental Science. In 1996  she moved to a remote region of Venezuela in order to conduct wildlife research funded by National Geographic and the Wildlife Conservation Society, and as a result her tropical research on the green anaconda and Orinoco crocodile have been featured on National Geographic TV and magazine, Discovery, BBC, Dateline NBC, Sierra magazine, and TIME’s Great Images of the 20th Century. Later she moved to Ecuador to teach courses in tropical ecology and conservation for Boston University, which involved field study in the rainforest, coral reefs, and the Galapagos Islands.

Youth and Adult Continuing Education

Ms. Owens latest endeavor with getting children back in nature was as a naturalist for the local Audubon Chapter’s Outdoor Explore! program, which provides opportunities for children to experience nearby nature (an experience she highly recommends for children and adults alike).  She has recently created the Wildlife Conservationist Certification training program. This course was inspired by Ms. Owens’ desire to share her love of wildlife while empowering citizen activists to preserve their local natural heritage in a way that is effective and fulfilling.

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