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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.

 

Gardening for Wildlife in our Drought

 
Photo by Nancy Kent

Photo by Nancy Kent

Nancy Kent 
Berkeley: Thursday May 21
7 p.m. refreshments, 7:30 p.m. program  

Our current drought has challenged landscape architects to find new ways to design residential landscapes. As we move away from water-intensive plants and lawns, towards designs that incorporate drought-tolerant and native species, there are new opportunities to create more sustainable landscapes with diverse habitats for birds and butterflies. Nancy Kent, a California landscape architect with a practice in Oakland, will discuss evolving garden design and garden elements that encourage diverse wildlife and plant communities.

A Parks Commissioner for Piedmont, Nancy is working with the city, EBMUD and StopWaste.org to create a bay-friendly park from a water-intensive lawn landscape.

 

Hidden Lives of Birds: Their World of Sound

 
Pioneer bird song recordist Peter Paul Kellogg in the 1950s. Credit: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Pioneer bird song recordist Peter Paul Kellogg in the 1950s. Credit: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Greg Budney 
San Francisco: Thursday June 18
7 p.m. refreshments, 7:30 p.m. program  

Explore the lives of birds through a presentation of sound recordings from Cornell’s Macaulay Library, the world’s largest archive of bird sounds.  From the stunningly beautiful to the bizarre, from drumming to mimicry, from the Nightingale to the Musician Wren… we will listen to sounds that birds use to communicate, and learn what sounds tell us about their complex lives.

Greg Budney has worked at the Macauley Library for 34 years and is currently its Curator for Collection Development and Outreach. He created a sound recording training course that has trained about 500 scientists and volunteers for field research.