Speaking Engagements

Paul Bannick speaking

Photo by Danny Ngan

Paul Bannick speaking

Paul Bannick speaking

Photo by Rich Lawrence

Paul is an accomplished public speaker in addition to being a professional photographer and conservationist.  This unique skillset combination has made Paul a sought after keynote speaker for events all over North America.  From National Audubon’s first national convention in more than a decade, to birding festivals across the United States, from scientific conferences to non-profit fundraisers, Paul’s keynote presentations have met with exceedingly positive reviews. His programs combine breathtaking photos, compelling videos, evocative audio, the latest science and first-person stories from the field delivered with passion and an interactive style that keeps the toughest audiences engaged.  Paul’s emphasis on natural history, surprising inter-relationships, habitat and conservation help ensure that his programs are as informative as they are spellbinding.  He is equally effective and experienced with large groups of more than 500 to smaller intimate groups. The breadth and depth of his image library allow him to conduct a wide range of unique and ever-evolving programs so that many people return for multiple presentations. Paul can deliver any of the many existing programs, or he can create custom presentations on natural history themes, particularly those dealing with birds and habitat. some of Paul’s most popular programs include:

Owl: A Year In The Lives of North American Owls

Award winning photographer Paul Bannick is presenting a new program featuring video, sound, stories from the field and several dozen new images from his brand-new book: Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls. Paul uses intimate yet dramatic images to follow owls through the course of one year and in their distinct habitats. Audiences will witness the four seasons on territory, as each stage in an owl’s life is chronicled through rare images: courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; dispersal and gaining independence in fall; and, finally, winter’s migrations and competitions for food. His program shows how owls use the unique resources available to them in each habitat to face those challenges. All 19 species found in Canada and the United States are featured in photos, video and narrative throughout the book, with a special focus on the Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Gray Owl, Burrowing Owl, and Snowy Owl. Owl is a stunning follow-up to Bannick’s bestselling title, The Owl and the Woodpecker, giving bird lovers yet another gorgeous photographic tribute, engaging natural history, and a compelling call to preserve the habitats that sustain these most iconic of birds. Nearly ten years of working in some of the most remote parts of the continent, at the darkest hours of the day, tracking owls as they move through their lives has rewarded Paul with striking images that he uses in his book and presentations. His program can broadly focus on North America or they can be customized for states, geographic regions or habitats such as the Arctic Tundra, Boreal Forests, Western Mountains  Dry Forests,  Temperate Forests, Mountain Meadows, Oak Habitats, Deserts, Shrub-steppe, Grasslands, and Eastern Forests.
  • Examples include:
  • Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls
  • Owl: A Year in the Lives of California Owls
  • Owl: A Year in the Lives of owls of the Shrub-steppe
  • Snowy Owl: A Year in the Life of the Arctic Ghost

Owls and Woodpeckers of North America

Paul’s presentations on owls and woodpeckers take audiences on a visual and auditory exploration of habitats of North America through the owls and woodpeckers that most define and enrich these places. This photographic field report celebrates the ways the lives of these two iconic birds are intertwined with one another, and their role as keystone and indicator species for their environment. Audiences are immersed in the sights and sounds of forest, grassland, arctic, and desert, and in the entertaining and informative details of Paul’s narrative. The hidden life of these birds is obvious for those who know how to find it. Paul knows how to find it, and how to bring it to life for his audiences through photos, sound, and story. Paul has developed a new program titled “The Owl and The Woodpecker Revisited” which uses entirely new photos, information and stories gleaned from the several years since Owl and Woodpecker’s release, while following the same themes.
  • Examples include:
  • The Owl and the Woodpecker Revisited
  • Owls and Woodpeckers of North America
  • Owls and Woodpeckers of The Pacific Northwest
  • Owls and Woodpeckers of The West
  • Owls and Woodpeckers of Any North American Region, State, or Habitat
  • Owls of Any North American Region
  • Woodpeckers of Any North American Region

Woodpeckers of North America

Drawing upon 15 years of studying and photographing woodpeckers, Paul presents various multimedia woodpecker presentations and workshops that can be based upon species, families, geography or habitat.
  • Examples include:
  • Woodpeckers of North America
  • Woodpeckers of California
  • Woodpeckers of the Intermountain West

Birds by Season and Habitat

Paul takes audiences on a multimedia journey across seasons and habitats where birds are the actors. Through intimate images, this presentation examines the sometimes surprising, often dramatic, and always engaging behavior of the birds through distinct times and places. This stunning photographic study is accompanied by stories and rich natural history derived from thousands of hours in the field, and looks at the way key indicator species define and enrich their habitat and how their life histories are intertwined. Audiences will travel with the birds through courtship, mating and nesting in the spring; summer’s busy months of fledging and feeding; independence and dispersal in the fall; and winter’s struggle to survive. Anyone interested in birdlife amidst North America’s wonderful natural settings is sure to be enthralled by this extraordinary program.
  • Examples include:
  • Birds by Habitat and Season in the Pacific Northwest
  • Birds by Habitat and Season in the West
  • Birds by Habitat and Season in Any North American Region or State

Birds of Latin America

From the Pacific to Atlantic, and the mountains to lowlands, the jewel-bright feathered denizens of the Latin America are captured with breathtakingly intimate detail in Paul’s photos and stories. As with all Paul’s presentations, the focus is on the relationship between the birds and their habitat. Paul’s insight, gained through many hours in the field, will familiarize the strange and show audiences how the familiar becomes exotic when looked through the right lens. Audiences will gain an enhanced appreciation for the beauty, variety, and natural history of some of the world’s most beautiful birds. Contact Paul for availability and rates