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.

Badgers in Marin County
Speaker: Susan Kirks
Start Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
Description: The American Badger is a native mammal to California's grassland ecosystems. Marin County has a small sustaining badger population, but where are the badgers? The American Badger is rarely seen and equally misunderstood. In California, badgers have a special status since 1987, Species of Concern. Many believe with fragmented habitat, destruction of habitat and frequent vehicular strikes killing badgers, the species deserves a higher level of protection. A Threatened status would mandate consideration of protecting the badger's habitat. Badgers reside in our coastal and inland grassland ecosystems, the open spaces often attributed to agriculture and urban development.

Badgers are members of the Mustelidae family, along with weasels, river and sea otters, mink, ferrets, skunks, wolverines and martens. Our American Badger has similarities to, and distinct differences from, other badgers such as the European/UK Badger and the Honey Badger of Africa.

Our speaker, Susan Kirks, is a Naturalist with 18 years of field study and observations of American Badger. She is recognized as California's leading naturalist expert on the species and also currently serves as President of Sonoma County's Madrone Audubon Society. Susan will share information with us about Marin County's badger population and how we can best understand and support conservation of this special wild creature.

Photo credit: Ron Dudley

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