Climate for Change: Nature Photography with Ty Smedes

Sunday, April 1, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

In conjunction with the theme semester, Climate for Change, the Old Capitol Museum is proud to host nature photographer & feature writer for the Iowa DNR’s Iowa Outdoors Magazine Ty Smedes for a talk on Sunday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m.

As we experience an exploding human population and rapidly increasing pressure upon remaining habitat, the plant and animal communities that make up our planet’s diverse ecosystems are under siege. Along with covering Iowa’s natural history, Ty Smedes, an Iowa outdoor writer and nature photographer has ventured to the jungles of South America, the savannas of Africa, the icy shores of Antarctica, and the high mountain stronghold of New Guinea’s fabled Birds of Paradise. Join Ty for an afternoon slide presentation and lecture, as we discover many spectacular species of wildlife, and explore some of our planet’s most wild places. We will discuss the challenges faced by many of these creatures, as we highlight several local and global success stories and consider the need for environmental sustainability during this 21st century. 

Ty’s photos have been published by many major magazines and book publishers, including the BBC, Outdoor Photographer, Sierra, The Nature Conservancy, Smithsonian, Ducks Unlimited, and many others. He specializes in wildlife, prairie wildflower, and landscape images. As a feature writer for the Iowa DNR’s Iowa Outdoors Magazine, his goal is to educate the reader by writing about and photographing many of the lesser known birds, animals, and places.

Ty has taught nature photography classes and is as an experienced Photo-Tour leader, having led nature photography tours to Yellowstone &Teton parks, as well as the Eastern Sierras, during the fall season. He was also co-leader of a nature photography tour to Brasil in 1996 and has led nature photography tours to East Africa in 2005, 2008, and 2010, as well as Botswana in 2006, 2013, and 2014, and Zambia in 2016. His most recent adventure travel has taken him to the Falklands, South Georgia Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula, as well as the jungles of West Papua New Guinea. Information regarding Ty’s three books Capturing Iowa’s Seasons, The Return of Iowa’s Bald Eagles – 2nd Edition, and Iowa’s Wild Beauty (recently released) can be found on his website at

This event is part of Earth Month and the Climate for Change Theme Semester”.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Old Capitol Museum in advance at (319) 335-0546.

Old Capitol Museum
21 North Clinton Street
Iowa City, IA 52240