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.


Ridgway’s Rails and Adaptive Tidal

Marsh Restoration

Ridgway’s Rail pair during a king tide at MLK Jr. Shoreline in Oakland, by Rick Lewis

Julian Wood
Berkeley: Thursday, November 16
6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program

Ridgway’s Rail is a species that Golden Gate Audubon Society has worked hard to protect over the decades, fighting to preserve and and then helping restore its habitat in locations like Oakland’s Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline. We are presenting this speaker event as part of our year-long Centennial celebration.

The Ridgway’s Rail, a federally-listed endangered species dependent on San Francisco Bay tidal marshes, is making a comeback after a sharp decline a decade ago. The population is increasing due in part to large-scale tidal restoration projects happening throughout the Bay. Will these populations be resilient in the future as rising seas and storms threaten their populations? How can innovative restoration and habitat enhancement efforts designed to benefit all marsh species help them survive? Point Blue Conservation Science seeks to answer these questions using a science-based assessment framework with the help of multiple partner organizations and agencies.

Julian Wood is the San Francisco Bay Program Leader at Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly PRBO). He works to advance wetland-dependent bird conservation by leading innovative research and informing on-the-ground restoration and management. He also assists agencies and organizations in understanding and preparing for the negative impacts of climate change on wildlife and human communities. Julian has worked for Point Blue for over 20 years assessing and guiding bird-friendly restoration and management in a variety of habitats.