I'm Kyle Blaney, an inspiring presenter, Canadian explorer, avid photographer and birdwatcher. I'm an outreach lead & data analyst for Shad Canada and a faculty member at Shad’s enrichment program each July. I grew up and live in Belleville, Ontario, Canada.
I love public speaking and I'm fortunate to have presented all over Canada. My presentations are inspiring, informative, sprinkled with humour, and filled with my favourite images. They're suitable for a wide range of audiences - nature clubs, photo clubs, schools, corporate events, and more! Read about my upcoming presentations and testimonials from those who have attended past presentations. See my presentation topics and contact me if you're interested in having me speak at your event.
My favourite genres are wildlife (particularly birds) and scenes. This site includes my blog, a description of my photography workflow, a list of my published photos, photo contests I have won prizes in, and my favourite photos. You can also see the 4100 bird photos I have contributed to eBird (the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project), the 4700 photos I have contributed to iNaturalist or the bird photos I have contributed to Dendroica (an online aid to identifying birds in the Western Hemisphere).
Travel is a very important part of my life. I travel throughout Canada to promote Shad and on vacation. Each spring from 2013 to 2018, I went on a long camping trip (around 20,000 kilometres return) from my home in Belleville, Ontario to my job at Shad’s University of British Columbia campus in Vancouver. Check out the maps of these camping trips.
Shad empowers driven, curious and socially-minded students in grade 10 & 11 through its live-in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) and entrepreneurship summer enrichment program. Shad participants spend 27 days at a Canadian university and engage in lectures, workshops, labs and hands-on learning with 50 like-minded peers. Shad started in 1980, accepts more than 1000 students each year and hosts a network of over 18,000 alumni.
I am very passionate about Shad. I attended in high school and have been a faculty member every July since 2013. I've seen firsthand how much Shad changes lives and prepares students to succeed. Watch my Shad video testimonial.
Prior to 2013, I worked in software development for more than 16 years. You'll still see some remnants of that prior life on this site.