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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.

 

Better Birding

How many species do you see? Photo by Brian Sullivan

How many species do you see? Photo by Brian Sullivan

Brian L. Sullivan
San Francisco: Thursday, January 21
6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7:00 p.m. program

Learn tips, tools, and techniques to become a better birder! In his new book Better Birding, Brian L. Sullivan reveals techniques used by expert birders to identify species in the field quickly and easily. He goes beyond traditional identification elements like plumage to create a context around each bird that includes habitat, behavior, and taxonomy – things that are integral to bird ID but often glossed over by typical field guides. This “wide-angle” approach to field birding simplifies identification with strategies tailored to different groupings of birds.

Brian L. Sullivan has conducted fieldwork on birds throughout North America for the past 25 years. He is currently project leader for eBird and photographic editor for Birds of North America Online at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He also served as photographic editor for the American Birding Association’s journal North American Birds from 2005-2013. He is co-author of books including Better Birding and the forthcoming Princeton Guide to North American Birds.

 

Protecting the Waterbirds of S.F. Bay

Scaup on the Bay by Ingrid Taylor

Scaup on the Bay by Ingrid Taylor

Kerry Wilcox
Berkeley: Thursday February 18
6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7:00 p.m. program

Thousands of migrating ducks, grebes, coots, and loons arrive in California each winter. While they seem plentiful, nearly one-third of waterbird populations are declining, including Surf Scoters and Lesser Scaups. Audubon California recently launched a Waterbird Program at its Richardson Bay center in Tiburon. Learn how Audubon is using Richardson Bay to protect waterbirds, and how it plans to scale up these conservation actions to S.F. Bay and the Pacific Flyway.

Kerry Wilcox is Waterbird Program Manager at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center in Tiburon.  Previously he was a biologist with the Institute for Bird Populations in Point Reyes Station.

 

Great Gray Owls of the Pacific States

Great Gray Owl with nestling by Harry Fuller

Great Gray Owl with nestling by Harry Fuller

Harry Fuller
San Francisco: Thursday March 17
6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7:00 p.m. program

The tallest owl in North America, the Great Gray remains elusive, mysterious, and a highly-prized sighting among birders. Learn about this bird’s actual breeding range (which is different from the maps in field guides), its annual life cycle, and the challenges it faces with climate change.

Harry Fuller is co-author of the new book, Great Gray Owl in California, Oregon and Washington. A former Bay Area resident now living in Oregon, he is co-founder of the Ashland Mountain Bird Festival, featuring the area’s nesting Great Gray Owls. He leads an annual birding trip in Oregon for Golden Gate Audubon.