Speaker Series

Meetings are always held in the same location, at Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Tiburon, each month. There is no speaker event in July or August. Programs focus on birds and other natural history and are given by experts in their field. Programs are free and open to the public.

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.

Natural Cuba
Speaker: Roger Harris
Host: Susan Kelly, shastasuan@icloud.com,415-883-9505
Start Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
Description: Cuba has been getting a lot of attention lately, and not just politically, but as a prime tourist destination. The talk will touch briefly on the latest travel restrictions by the US government, but will focus on why there is much more than rum, music and cigars to attract the serious natural history aficionado to Cuba. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and by far the best environmentally preserved. All of the major ecosystems in the Caribbean are found on Cuba from nearly pristine coral reefs, to extensive caves, vast salt and freshwater wetlands, and montane tropical forests. The Cuban government promotes scientific research and has a large system of national parks and preserves. Being an island, its ecology is especially interesting as it supports high levels of uniques species (endemism) and some miniaturized species such as the world's smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird. And the birding is terrific! Our speaker, Roger Harris, recently returned from his seventh visit to Cuba. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, a longtime member of the Marin Audubon Society, and leads nature trips both locally and internationally, including to Cuba.

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