Speaker Series

Due to the impact of COVID-19, Marin Audubon Society meetings will not be held at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center until further notice.  MAS Speaker Series programs are presented as Zoom online events.

Please make sure to register for each Speaker Series Webinar by clicking the link within each event listed below. 

                                You will also be able to view previous Speaker Series recordings in the Archive section at the bottom of this page. **If you have any questions about our Speaker Series, please contact Douglas Waterman

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October 2022

Hummingbirds of California and Beyond

October 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 PM
Speaker: Bob Lewis
Free and open to the public.
Register for this speaker series program HERE

The story of hummingbird evolution starts about 50 million years ago, far from the lands they currently inhabit.  We'll trace the history of their evolution and then briefly discuss relationships between the 9 tribes of living species. After reviewing California's 7 most common species - all belonging to the Bee tribe, we'll look at other North American species, and then examine representatives of the other tribes, mostly concentrated in South America. Finally, we'll consider some conservation issues and end with a few words on hummingbird photography.  

Bob trained as a chemist and worked in the energy field for 33 years. He’s taught birding classes in the Bay Area for over 25 years and served as the chair of Golden Gate Audubon’s Adult Education Committee.  Bob was honored with American Birding Association’s Chandler Robbins Award for Education and Conservation in 2016. He loves to travel and has photographed and chased birds in over 40 countries. His life list is over 5000 species.

Caption – Costa’s Hummingbird
Photo by – Bob Lewis

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Speaker Series

Oct 13

Hummingbirds of California and Beyond

OCTOBER 13 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Thursday, October 13 at 7:00 PM
Speaker: Bob Lewis
Free and open to the public.
Register for this speaker series program HERE

The story of hummingbird evolution starts about 50 million years ago, far from the lands they currently inhabit.  We’ll trace the history of their evolution and then briefly discuss relationships between the 9 tribes of living species. After reviewing California’s 7 most common species – all belonging to the Bee tribe, we’ll look at other North American species, and then examine representatives of the other tribes, mostly concentrated in South America. Finally, we’ll consider some conservation issues and end with a few words on hummingbird photography.  

Bob trained as a chemist and worked in the energy field for 33 years. He’s taught birding classes in the Bay Area for over 25 years and served as the chair of Golden Gate Audubon’s Adult Education Committee.  Bob was honored with American Birding Association’s Chandler Robbins Award for Education and Conservation in 2016. He loves to travel and has photographed and chased birds in over 40 countries. His life list is over 5000 species.

Caption – Costa’s Hummingbird
Photo by – Bob Lewis

Pileated Woodpeckers – By Sylvia Hunt

Speaker Series Archived Recordings

 

2022

September“Beauty and the Beast – California Wildflowers and Climate Change” – by Rob Badger and Peter H. Raven
June“Conservation of the Tri-colored Blackbird and its Habitat in the Sierra Foothills and Central Valley” – by Daniel Airola
May“Northern Spotted Owl Monitoring in Marin County” – by Renee Cormier
April – “Hansen’s Field Guide to the Birds of the Sierra Nevadas” – by Keith Hansen
March“Turkey Vultures, California Condors and the Migration of Raptors Across the Desert” – by Kurt Leuschner
FebruaryMinnesota’s Sax-Zim Bog & the “Invasion of the Vole Snatchers” – by Sparky Stensass
January “Birding in New Mexico” – by Rich Cimino

 

2021

December“Monarchs in Marin. How Much Trouble Are They In?” – by Mia Monroe and Ed Nute
November“Birding Adventures in Morocco” – by Stirling Bird Tours
OctoberAmigos Alados “Feathered Friends” – by Alison Quoyeser
SeptemberBirds and Mammals of Tanzania – by Wendy Dreskin
JuneFor the Love of Hummingbirds – by John Shewey
MayA Worldwide Collaboration to Track Bird Migration – by Amie MacDonald
AprilDiscovering Wood Warblers in Marin County – by Daniel Edelstein M.S.
MarchBirding by Kayak on the Russian River – by Theresa & Miles Tuffli
February Marin’s Booming Bird Population – by Roger D Harris
January Change in Bird Status in the Central Valley – by John Sterling

 

2020

December – When Waterbirds are in Crisis – by JD Bergerson
November – Habitat Potential – by M.T. Clark
October – Birds of the Sierra – by Bob Lewis
September – Natural History of the Gulf of the Farallon Marine Sanctuary – by David Wimpfheimer
June – Habitat Potential – by Josiah Clark