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.

Addressing Scientific Uncertainty in Wetland Restoration of San Francisco Bay
Speaker: John Takekawa
Start Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
Description: Restoration of salt ponds has been a major focus of wetland conservation In San Francisco Bay over the past two decades. In this review, we will examine the changing estuary conditions, salt pond restoration project history and challenges, efforts to monitor changing conditions, effects on waterbirds, and the threat of climate change. We will look at predictions for future waterbird numbers in managed ponds, habitat elements that have been tested to benefit breeding and wintering shorebirds, and success of social attraction studies for nesting seabirds. Finally, we will discuss the direction of wetland restoration in light of the novel ecosystems that we now support in San Francisco Bay.

Dr. John Y. Takekawa is Operations Manager at the Suisun Resource Conservation District and a former USGS research scientist. His research has been on ecology of waterbirds with expertise in telemetry to study movement ecology. He has published more than 200 papers, and his work has included examining habitat preferences and effects of sea-level rise on waterbirds. He has a B.S. in Wildlife Science from University of Washington, M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from University of Idaho, and Ph.D. in Animal Ecology from Iowa State University.

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