Pinau Merlin presents exciting natural history lectures and programs that 
sparkle with passion, humor and in-depth information.  Her unique perceptions and insights about the natural world are illustrated with real life stories of amazing interactions with wildlife. Pinau's deep connection with the earth and with wildlife stimulate an increased sense of place in others, as well as a real sense of belonging in nature.
Audiences are inspired, enthused and eager to put into practice their new insights, observational skills and new ways of participating in the natural ecosystem they live in.

Pinau Merlin is available as a keynote speaker, or to present 
natural history talks, lectures, programs and workshops.  She also 
leads "ed-venture" nature field trips and expeditions.

Do you need a warm, engaging speaker who can inform as well as inspire your group?

Do you need a vibrant, exceptional nature guide who can bring the natural world to life for your group?

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                                                      A Visit with Coyote
" I was wandering along a densely vegetated wash one sultry monsoon morning when a coyote started ambling across the wash.  Suddenly he realized I was there and began to trot away.  I sat down on the sand.  This immediately aroused his interest, since it's not a typical human reaction and it's a very non-threatening posture.
The coyote sat down, watching me.  I simply sat, waiting for him to make the next move.  He did.  He lay down and put his head on his paws, still watching and assessing me.  I lay down resting my head on my hands, staring into those intelligent amber eyes.
After a minute he rolled on his side, so of course I did too.  We spent several wonderful minutes rolling around and changing positions. Suddenly Coyote sat up, cocking his ears around.  He glanced at me one last time, as though to say goodbye, then wafted silently off into the brush.
I sat waiting.  A moment later a horseback rider appeared down the wash.
It was an incredible, magical feeling, gazing into the eyes of Coyote and finding myself judged worthy of a few private moments of play."       Pinau Merlin
"The group was awed by the depth of your understanding about the habitat and species of the Sonoran Desert and admired the passion you have for your work".  N Waugh, Vice President for Development, National Wildlife Federation
Pinau Merlin
Author, Lecturer, Naturalist
 "Re-connecting with Nature"
"Nature brings us to our senses".

This Week's Nature Note:

Don't look directly at an animal if you want to see more than a fleeting glimpse.  
A direct stare is perceived as a threat by animals.  Look down, turn your body 
slightly away and peek from the corner of your eyes.  Animals will be much more 
likely to stay still if they don't think you've seen them.
Also smiling or baring the teeth is considered a threat by most animals, causing 
them to bolt.