Speaker Series

Marin Audubon hosts a monthly Speaker Series on the second Thursday of the month, from September through June. The programs feature lectures on birds, mammals, and other natural history topics and are given by speakers who are experts in their field. Programs are free and open to the public.

Date: The Speaker Series meetings are always held on the second Thursday of the month, from September through June. There is no speaker event in July or August.

Location: The Speaker Series meetings are held in the Blue Classroom on the grounds of the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Tiburon. The address is 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon. The Blue Classroom is connected to the sanctuary’s office building, and you enter through a gate that opens to a wooden staircase leading down to the office building complex. You can also get there by walking down the steep concrete driveway into an open gate that leads directly to the office building complex. Please note that the Lyford House (the large yellow Victorian house near the waterfront) is not the location for these meetings and the gate that leads to that house is locked up at night.

Currently scheduled Speaker Series events are listed here by date in ascending order (i.e., soonest first). For a list of past and currently scheduled Speaker Series events click here.

Discovering and Conserving Bryan's Shearwater
Speaker: Peter Pyle
Host: Susan Kelly, quailfriend@yahoo.com
Start Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
Description: In 2011 Peter Pyle and his colleagues at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute described a new species of bird, basing their findings on a specimen collected in February 1963 on Midway Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. It had been misidentified as a Little Shearwater (P. assimilis) but genetically appears closer to the Newell's Shearwater (P. newelii) of the Southeastern Hawaiian Islands. Because he discovered the new species Peter was able to name the bird, and so he named it after his grandfather, Edwin Bryan. In this presentation Peter will explain how he discovered the new species; provide updated information on its seasonality, breeding habitat requirements, and vocalizations; review potential at-sea records in the North Pacific; and present recent exiting information on where Bryan's Shearwater breeding colonies exist. Peter will also include a biography of Edwin Bryan's interesting life and long career with the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, as well as Peter's own family history concerning Bryan. Peter Pyle is a research scientist who has been working for the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) since 1996. During the late 1970s and early 1980s he worked seasonally on the Hawaii and other Pacific Forest Bird Surveys, for the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO), on at-sea surveys, and for other banding projects. In 1985 Peter became a biologist on the Farallon Islands, a post he held until 2003. Since 2003 he has been a full-time Biologist at IBP, doing scientific research, writing reports, and publishing papers, primarily on bird molt. He is also a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences and the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, and has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, four books, and a monograph on the birds of Hawaii.

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