Speaker Series

Golden Gate Audubon’s monthly Speaker Series in San Francisco and Berkeley features renowned naturalists, photographers, ornithologists, authors, international travelers, and other fascinating speakers. To cover event costs, we ask non-members for a voluntary donation of $5. Non-members may attend for free if they join that evening. As always, GGAS members are welcome to attend free of charge. Locations are listed on the right side of this page.

Please note the new, EARLIER start time for our speaker programs in 2016! Doors open for refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker will start promptly at 7 p.m.

California Soundscapes

"Tree ears" recording technique at Merced Grove in Yosemite

“Tree ears” recording technique at Merced Grove in Yosemite

Dan Dugan
Berkeley: Thursday, October 20
6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program

Join us for a visual and auditory tour of sixteen fascinating California soundscapes in surround sound. Dan Dugan introduce you to the theory of soundscape analysis, demonstrate the difference between mono, stereo, and surround sound, and share a brief survey of the available equipment. Learn how our national parks are struggling with soundscape preservation, and how natural sounds are documented by nature sound recordists in two styles — species hunting and soundscape recording.

Dan Dugan, a technical mentor for the Nature Sounds Society, is best known as the inventor of the automatic microphone mixer. His products currently facilitate PBS NewsHour, ESPN sports commentary, and the presidential debates. Dugan has recorded surround sound in national parks including Muir Woods, Joshua Tree, and Yosemite. His recordings are submitted to the parks for scientific research. He has published six “relaxation CDs” of nature sounds and a full-length dawn chorus from Mariposa Grove in Yosemite with


Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls

Owl_WEBPaul Bannick
San Francisco: Thursday, November 17
6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program

Award winning photographer Paul Bannick will present a new program featuring video, sound, stories from the field and several dozen new images from his brand-new book: Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls. Paul uses intimate yet dramatic images to follow owls through the course of one year and in their distinct habitats.

We will witness the four seasons on territory, as each stage in an owl’s life is chronicled through rare images: courtship, mating, and nesting in spring; fledging and feeding of young in summer; dispersal and gaining independence in fall; and, finally, winter’s migrations and competitions for food. His program shows how owls use the unique resources available to them in each habitat to face those challenges. All 19 species found in Canada and the United States are featured in photos, video and narrative throughout the book, with a special focus on the Northern Pygmy-Owl, Great Gray Owl, Burrowing Owl, and Snowy Owl.

Owl is a stunning follow-up to Bannick’s bestselling title, The Owl and the Woodpecker, giving bird lovers yet another gorgeous photographic tribute, engaging natural history, and a compelling call to preserve the habitats that sustain these most iconic of birds.


No speaker in December due to our Christmas Bird Counts!