When I was in the 3rd grade my school had two women who brought animals to my classroom. The snake lady and the bird lady. I remember almost nothing of their presentations but as a result of those two interactions I was left with a life long love of reptiles and a crippling fear of birds. That a short interaction over 40 years ago could have such a profound impact on me informs the way I interact with an audience. My sincere hope going in to each program is that I will leave the audience with a little bit more empathy for these animals and a little bit less fear.