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 Black Oystercatchers

Black Oystercatcher by Rick Lewis

Black Oystercatcher by Rick Lewis

Anna Weinstein
San Francisco: Thursday, May 12
6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program

Black Oystercatchers are among the most charismatic and easily identifiable residents of our rocky intertidal coastline. But with less than 20,000 individuals left worldwide, their future is uncertain. Audubon chapter members from Mendocino to Monterey (including Golden Gate Audubon! see our blog about this) are taking part in population surveys that shed light on the natural history of this species, from its preferred foods to how it responds to predators. Anna Weinstein, marine program director at Audubon California, will update you on this inspiring citizen-science effort and explain what is being done to protect Black Oystercatchers in a rapidly changing coastal world.

Anna Weinstein is the marine program director at Audubon California, where she has worked to protect birds and their habitats on the west coast since 2008. Previously she co-founded Island Conservation and was an environmental scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute. She is a leader in the study and conservation of black oystercatchers in California and in 2014 published the first statewide assessment of the distribution and abundance of the species in this state.


Sunda – Land of Birds, Beasts and Dragons

Copper-throated Sunbird_BobLewisBob Lewis 
Berkeley: Thursday, June 16
6:00 p.m. Annual Meeting and refreshments; 7 p.m. program 

Twenty thousand years ago, the lands that make up Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore were interconnected in an area geologists call Sunda.  As glaciers melted and the sea level rose, islands like Borneo, Bali, and Komodo were separated from the Asian mainland.  Alfred Russel Wallace explored this area in the 19th century when he independently developed the concept of evolution by natural selection made famous by Darwin.  Learn about the avian families of the area, along with some of the other forest creatures living there, the importance of islands to evolution, and the impact of the palm oil industry on tropical forests.

Bob Lewis, chair of GGAS’s Adult Education Committee, has taught birding classes for over 20 years. An award-winning bird photographer with a life list of over 4,500 species, he is the recipient of the 2016 Chandler Robbins Education/Conservation Award from the American Birding Association. The ABA will present Bob with the award at his talk, which immediately follows our Annual Meeting. Come for the Annual Meeting, stay for Bob’s Sunda presentation!