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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.

Sunda – Land of Birds, Beasts and Dragons

Copper-throated Sunbird_BobLewisBob Lewis 
Berkeley: Thursday, June 16
6:00 p.m. GGAS Yearly Update 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!

Come at 6 p.m. for our Yearly Update, and learn what GGAS has planned for the coming year — including our Centennial celebrations in 2017!