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.

Doors open for refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker will start promptly at 7 p.m.


Islands in the Sun: Birding in the Caribbean

Bob Lewis
San Francisco: Thursday, March 15
6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program

Ruby Topaz Hummingbird by Bob Lewis

A Golden Gate Audubon trip to Cuba, a side trip to Hispaniola, and an earlier tour to Trinidad and Tobago provide us with an overview of Caribbean avifauna.  Several endemic families are found here, and some species are quite endangered.  The islands were recently hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria, and there is concern about survival of some species.  Birds Caribbean is working to survey bird populations, provide hummingbird feeders and birdseed where the flowering plants and seed crops were destroyed, and help recovery of Important Bird Areas.

Bob Lewis trained as a chemist and worked for Chevron for 33 years.  He’s taught birding classes in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years, and is the past chair of Golden Gate Audubon’s Adult Education Committee.  His life bird list is over 4800 species, and he loves to travel.  He’s an award-winning photographer, focusing on birds, and his next big trip is New Guinea.  Bob was honored with American Birding Association’s Chandler Robbins Award for Education and Conservation in 2016 and GGAS’s Paul Covel Award for Education in 2017.


Please note: Harry Fuller will be teaching a San Francisco Natural History class and then leading 2 fundraising field trips in conjunction with the class as a benefit to GGAS.  Learn more and sign up here.