The Illinois Natural History Survey offers a speakers bureau as a public service to the citizens of Illinois. More than 20 scientists are available to talk to groups ranging in age from kindergartner through senior citizen on virtually any topic concerning the biological resources of Illinois. While the speakers bureau publicizes the work of the Survey, it also performs an even more important function that of fostering greater public understanding and appreciation of the natural heritage of Illinois. During a typical year, Survey scientists present over 100 talks and programs across the state. Most of the presentations are not "canned" programs, but will be developed for you to fit your time slot and type of audience.
Your group or organization may consider combining several speakers from the Speakers List into a special event, such as a mini-symposium (or a longer program if desired), on a topic or range of topics of interest to your group. For example, various speakers could give 30-minute presentations related to biodiversity in Illinois (birds, insects, fish, mammals), problem insects in the environment and how we deal with them (mosquitoes, immigrant insects), or Illinois threatened and endangered species (prairie or bog plants, bats, mussels). Such diverse programs will help the audience achieve a wider viewpoint and greater understanding of Illinois' complex environment and often daunting environmental issues and concerns.