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 2017! Doors open for refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker will start promptly at 7 p.m.


Conservation Victories

Pier 94 restoration site / Photo by Eddie Bartley

Arthur Feinstein
Berkeley: Thursday, March 16
6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. program

It’s a long and proud list: California least tern, California Brown Pelican, California clapper rail (oops!! Ridgway’s rail), Alameda whipsnake, Suaeda californica (known as “California sea-blite” and yes – it’s a plant – but at GGAS we’re broadminded). What do they have in common? They all are endangered species who continue to exist in our part of the Bay Area, along with tens of thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl, because of Golden Gate Audubon’s successful efforts in preserving their essential habitats (of course with lots of help from our friends and allies). From the tidal marshes and seasonal wetlands at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Park (Ridgway’s rail) to the upland nesting grounds at the closed Alameda Naval Air Station (California least tern), From San Francisco’s Pier 94 (sea-blite) and Pier 98- Heron’s Head Park- (a wealth of waterfowl and shorebirds) to Orinda’s Gateway Valley (Alameda Whipsnake and California tiger salamander), to the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park (people and birds) GGAS has played a crucial role in shaping the habitat face of our region. This program will describe the struggles and victories and the wonderful results of our efforts.

Arthur Feinstein served GGAS over a 20-year period as Conservation Chair, President and Executive Director. Arthur has been awarded the national Clean Water Network’s 30-Year Heroes Award and the National Audubon Society’s Bay Champion Award. Arthur is currently on the Executive Committee of Sierra Club California as well as Board of the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, among others.