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.

Birding -- A Great Hobby!
Speaker: Anne Kelley
Host: Susan Kelly, quailfriend@yahoo.com, or phone (415) 883-9505
Start Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 11:00 AM
Description: This short, fun presentation will introduce participants to one of the world's most popular hobbies. We'll spend the first hour or two inside the classroom, explaining the "why" "what" and "where" of this great pastime. After talking a bit about the hobby, you can join us outside and try it. Birds we might find outside the room include sparrows, finches, and woodpeckers. We'll walk over to the dock and look for birds on and around Richardson Bay. There we could spot ducks, pelicans, grebes, and much more. If you're looking for a way to keep your brain stimulated, want to make new friends and have some fun outdoors, or are just curious about why people love birdwatching, please join us. Bring binoculars if you have them; we'll have a few to share. Healthy snacks will be provided. If you plan to stay after the classroom session for the birdwatching, dress in layers appropriate for the weather. In the event of heavy rain, we'll skip the outdoor activity. There is no fee and Marin Audubon Society membership is not required. Questions? Contact Susan Kelly at quailfriend@yahoo.com

Dr. Steller Is Coming to Marin!
Speaker: Pete Devine
Host: Susan Kelly, quailfriend@yahoo.com, or phone (415) 883-9505
Start Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
Description: The noisy, colorful Steller's Jay is instantly recognizable. Its dark blue plumage, shaggy black crest, squawking calls and boisterous behavior make it a conspicuous year-round resident of our wooded areas. Birders often ignore them and many people disdain them, but this common species has some hidden attributes that make it worth watching. Pay attention to Steller's Jays; they have something to tell you. A member of the widespread corvid family, which includes jays, crows, ravens, magpies, and nutcrackers, the Steller's Jay is one of five namesakes of an 18th century German biologist named Georg Wilhelm Steller. Steller was a naturalist and explorer in the mold of Charles Darwin, John Muir and Ernest Shackleton. It was in Alaska over 268 years ago that he first observed the mischievous jay that now bears his name. In this presentation you'lll be treated to a living history "visit" by this lesser known but important scientist, Dr. Steller. In an informative and entertaining performance, Dr. Steller will be brought back to life by Pete Devine, the Resident Naturalist with The Yosemite Conservancy. "Dr. Steller" will describe his life as a naturalist, his dramatic explorations of the North Pacific, and the life history of the remarkable bird that was named after him. Pete Devine has lived in Yosemite for twenty years serves as the Yosemite Association's Resident Naturalist. Reared near Boston, he finished school in Colorado and has worked as a park ranger, river guide, archeologist, teacher and naturalist in Arizona, New England, New Zealand and Chile. For most of his years in Yosemite he directed the Yosemite Institute's education program for schools. He's also a birding enthusiast; his international life list of birds includes motmots, bulbuls, kakas and chiffchaffs.

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