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.

How Climate Change is Impacting Local Birds
Speaker: Dr. Wendy Schackwitz
Host: Susan Kelly, quailfriend@yahoo.com, or phone (415) 883-9505
Start Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 9:30 PM
Description: As our climate changes, the entire web of life must adapt or perish. If a flower blooms earlier due to increased temperatures, insects that depend on that flower must hatch earlier, and birds that consume those insects must arrive from their spring migration earlier. Whether birds will be able to adapt is uncertain. National Audubon has determined that 50% of our birds will be threatened by climate change. During this program, Dr. Schackwitz will explain the science behind this research, and provide a set of actions that you can take to help our climate threatened birds. All participants will receive a free copy of Napa-Solano Audubon's booklet, "California Birds in a Changing Climate." Our speaker, Wendy Schackwitz, is Executive Director of Napa-Solano Audubon, scientist at the Joint Genome Institute, and an avid birder with more than 700 birds on her life list. Dr. Schackwitz received her BS in Biology from Oregon State University and PhD in Genetics from the University of Washington. She has worked for the last 13 years in Walnut Creek at the Joint Genome Institute/Lawrence Berkeley National Lab as a scientist, where she leads a group that studies the genetics of organisms that are important for bio-fuel production.

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