Presentations and Speaking

Presentations are given by Derek Matthews, an entertaining educator, ornithologist, North American Banding Council (NABC) Trainer and avian researcher.

Derek is an ex-Brit from North London, England (but don’t hold that against him!) living and working in Vancouver, BC. He is a charismatic, informative speaker who addresses groups across the country. His presentations are tailored for groups of all sizes – from school groups and seniors groups looking to learn more about birds and nature to serious birders and banders looking to take their knowledge to the next level and beyond.

Always lively and interesting, they are guaranteed to provoke interest and lively question-and-answer sessions. He will leave audiences spellbound with his energy and enthusiasm for birds and the environment!

VARC Presentation (This is a large file and may take a few moments to download)

Speaking Testimonials:

“On behalf of LEPS Board of Directors, I just wanted to send a big thank you for presenting The Miracle of Migration at the LEPS AGM last night. Your presentation was informative, entertaining and very well received! I made a donation to VARC this morning in recognition of your time in joining us. Best of luck in your avian adventures! Thanks again”

Nichole Marples – Executive Director, Langley Environmental Partners Society

Derek – Your Presentation was awesome last night, and I know our members enjoyed it very much and really appreciate what you are doing with VARC. Thanks again, Derek, for an enjoyable evening.

Tom Bearss – President, Delta Naturalists’ Society

“Hello, Derek – Everyone at Burke Mountain Naturalists were so delighted with your informative presentation. Fascinating, well organized, enthusiastic, were some of the words I heard – We really appreciate your taking the time to present to our club. I know we all came away with new insights into bird banding and the information you had. Thanks again”

Rozanne Thomson – Burke Mountain Naturalists

Hi Derek – I just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you so much for your fabulous session yesterday. I learned a lot and I know the students did too. You do such a great job of inspiring your audience to want to do bird work!

Daniel J. Catt – Instructor of Applied Ecology & Recreational Land Management – Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program – BCIT

Thanks again Derek for a great session. It really is great to have someone so passionate about birds sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge with the students.

Douglas B. Ransome, Ph.D., R.P.Bio.
Instructor: Wildlife Ecology & Management 1 & 2
Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation Program
British Columbia Institute of Technology

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