This week I delivered my second and third presentations, one right after another! It was a busy day here, and I got to do this late on Saturday, as visitors were collecting for that night’s bat flight. My program focuses on explaining how thermal imagery is used to census bats and on how high speed photography helps us understand the flight pattern of Brazilian Free Tails here at Carlsbad Caverns. In general, I have found that visitors are eager to learn more about our bats and that they are quite receptive to learning about the technologies used to study the bats.
My programs ran much more smoothly than the first one, as practice and rehearsal allowed me to avoid the first time snafus. I am still finding it a challenge to elicit responses and comments from my audience, many visitors seem content to absorb what I say without interacting. After I finished my scheduled program, more visitors entered the theater, so having time, I gave the presentation to this new audience. It was a little tiring, but I enjoyed the chance to get extra practice right away.
After thinking about my program afterward, I have decided for now to take out the high speed photography material and focus on just thermal imaging. I think I was trying to do a little too much and believe the program will benefit from a tighter focus. In addition, I like the fact that the articles in the iSWOOP resources page provide some great exposition of this technology. I will revise my program this week, and give it again this Saturday.