Speaking for Wildlife

From the peaks of the White Mountains to the Atlantic coastline, from our backyards to the backcountry, New Hampshire is home to a great diversity of wildlife species. Get involved in the Speaking for Wildlife program, either as a volunteer speaker or host a talk, and learn about wildlife species and their habitats in the Granite State.

Trained volunteers available for wildlife presentations with support from UNH Extension staff.
 
Programs are free and available to New Hampshire:
  • Community groups
  • libraries
  • town boards
  • and similiar groups 
 
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The program is sponsored by UNH Extension and New Hampshire Fish & Game

Reptiles & Amphibians

Speaking for Wildlife: Reptiles & Amphibians

Title of PresentationReptiles & Amphibians: Warming Up to New Hamphsire's Cold-Blooded Natives

The Reptiles & Amphibians slide presentation introduces participants to the frogs, salamanders, turtles and snakes that call New Hampshire home. These species range from among the most common animals in the state, to some of the rarest. You’ll learn about the many different habitats that reptiles and amphibians use, what threats they face, and what you can do to help. Presentation includes handouts and other helpful materials. Program length: 1 hour, including time for discussion

A presentation narrated by Kathy Schillemat, a Speaking for Wildlife, NH Coverts Project and Salamander Crossing Brigade volunteer for the Harris Center for Conservation Education

 

New Hampshire Bats

Speaking for Wildlife: New Hampshire Bats

Title of PresentationNew Hampshire Bats and White Nose Syndrome

Bats have been in the news lately. Wondering what’s up with bats in New Hampshire? This talk will give you an overview of the different kinds of bats found in our state, where to look for them, and how landowners and homeowners can help conserve these fascinating mammals. You’ll also learn about the impact of white-nose syndrome on our bats in New Hampshire, what scientists are learning about this threat, and how you can help. Program length: 1 hour, including time for discussion

 

 

New Items for SFW Kits related to Bats

Poster showing all of the bats of NH
Laminated "cheat sheet" with facts of all NH bats (size, good preferences, etc.)
Handout about White-nose Syndrome from NH Fish and Game
Latest Map of Spread of White-nose Syndrome
Critierial for Successful Bat Houses - Dos and Don'ts from Bat Conservation International

NH Big Three

Speaking for Wildlife: NHBugs: The Big Three

NHBugs: The Big Three informs New Hampshire citizens and visitors about three invasive insects of greatest concern to our trees and forests: emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid and Asian longhorned beetle. This presentation includes information about the life cycles, identifying signs and symptoms of infestations, and management techniques for each pest. Program length: 1 hour, including time for discussion

Does not include current information about emerald ash borer infestations.

Bird, Bats & Buttterflies

Speaking for Wildlife: Birds, Bats & Butterflies

The Birds, Bats & Butterflies slide presentation highlights a dozen wildlife species commonly seen in New Hampshire. Participants will learn cool animal facts and find out about how the diverse mix of habitats in our region support species such as American woodcock, painted turtle, pileated woodpecker, wood frogs, little brown bats and other captivating creatures. Presentation includes handouts and other helpful materials. Program length: 1 hour, including time for discussion

The Dozen Wildlife Species: Yellow warbler, red fox, black bear, monarch butterfly, American woodcock, little & big brown bat, moose & deer, red-backed salamander, painted turtle, wood frog, Cooper's hawk, pileated woodpecker.

This presentation has been updated since the recording of this video; some information and visuals will differ.

A Garden for Wildlife

Speaking for Wildlife: A Garden for Wildlife

Title of PresentationA Garden for Wildlife: Natural Landscaping for a Better Backyard

A Garden for Wildlife is a slide presentation that shows how anyone with a backyard, garden, or landscaped area can help wildlife by altering their landscaping and gardening practices. Includes discussion of wildlife and habitats, plant choice, use of native plants, nest boxes and feeders, and issues such as invasive plants. Program length: 1 hour, including time for discussion

This presentation has been updated since the recording of this video; some information and visuals will differ.

 

The Nature of New Hampshire

Speaking for Wildlife: The Nature of New Hampshire

In this dazzling presentation, you’ll see New Hampshire’s natural beauty through the lens of Natural Heritage Bureau ecologists and photographers Ben Kimball and Dan Sperduto. Featuring photos of rare and special plant communities and habitats throughout the state, you’ll learn new ways to look at the natural landscape and find out places to visit some of New Hampshire’s unique places. Program length: 1 hour, including time for discussion.

Slideshow of the presentation narrated by Ben Kimball, formerly of the NH Natural Heritage Bureau. This presentation has been updated since the recording of this video; some information and visuals will differ.

New Hampshire's Wild History

SPEAKING FOR WILDLIFE: NEW HAMPSHIRE'S WILD HISTORY

Title of PresentationNew Hampshire's Wild History: 350 Years of New Hampshire Wildlife

The Wild History slide presentation takes participants on a virtual journey through New Hampshire’s past, focusing on changes in the land and how wildlife populations have responded over time. You’ll learn why changes in habitat in our past are behind the decline of many of our rarest species today, and why others are more abundant than in the past. You’ll also learn what you can do to help. Presentation includes handouts and other helpful materials. Program length: 1 hour, including time for discussion

This presentation has been updated since the recording of this video; some information and visuals will differ. 

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