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.

Building for the Birds
Speaker: Susan Ives
Host: Lowell Sykes, 415-388-2821
Start Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM
Description: The only public lands system in the US exclusively devoted to wildlife conservation started small, without a master plan. On 14 March 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt signed an executive order making Pelican Island the first federal bird reservation. By the time his presidency ended, he had added 54 more bird and game reservations, laying the foundation for the 150-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System we enjoy today. But it was his cousin, FDR, himself a birder, who during the New Deal greatly expanded and enhanced the refuge system, thanks to the work of thousands of CCC "boys" who brought back to life lands that had been abandoned to the Dust Bowl. Susan Ives, a 40-year resident of Marin County, is a writer, photographer and a lover of public lands. As a volunteer she was an editor for The Clapper Rail and currently curates Marin Audubon's Facebook page. She currently serves on the Boards of Sierra Club Marin Group, Old Growth Forest Network, and on the Advisory Board of Save the Bay and Resource Renewal Institute. For nearly 14 years Susan was Vice President for the Trust for Public Land. Previously she was Deputy to the Secretary of Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Media Officer at the National Sierra Club. Photo: Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

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