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.


From Plastic Gloom, Albatrosses Bloom

Susan Scott
San Francisco: Thursday February 19
7 p.m. refreshments, 7:30 p.m. program 
Laysan Albatrosses by Susan Scott

Laysan Albatrosses by Susan Scott

The 2.4 square miles of Midway Atoll host over a million nesting Laysan Albatrosses each year, along with tons of marine debris.  Nets, buoys, and plastic trash wash onto beaches. Albatross parents often swallow plastic pieces and regurgitate them to their young. Yet, amazingly, the albatrosses thrive.

Susan Scott, a volunteer for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service since 1989, will share photos of her work with Midway’s albatrosses and explain how she uses the plastics littering their nests to educate people through art.  Author of the memoir Call Me Captain, Susan writes a weekly Ocean Watch column for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.


Conservation of California Grassland Birds

Lawrence Ford and Michelle Hammond
Berkeley: Thursday March 19
7 p.m. refreshments, 7:30 p.m. program 

Burrowing Owl by R. DiGaudio

California’s Mediterranean grasslands are a biodiversity hotspot, despite their domination by non-native grasses. Through science-based management of these habitats, we can help save birds at risk of extinction. Our speakers will explain how grazing practices affect birds such as the Burrowing Owl, Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, Western Meadowlark, and Grasshopper Sparrow, and will share examples of positive grasslands management.

Lawrence D. Ford is Principal of LDFord Rangeland Conservation Science and Research Associate in environmental studies at U.C. Santa Cruz. Michele Hammond is Staff Research Associate of the Range Ecology Lab in the Environmental Science Policy and Management Department at U.C. Berkeley.