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Guest Speaker: Megan Prelinger 
7pm, Monday April 18th, 2016
FREE Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 

In 2010, Megan Prelinger and collaborators Rick Prelinger and Stacy Kozakavich were invited by the Exploratorium to develop exhibits for the Museum’s planned Bay Observatory gallery. The Bay Observatory opened to the public in 2013, featuring dozens of research-based exhibits that combine the Museum’s legacy imperative to integrate art and science for the benefit of public understanding with a fresh imperative to explore the waterfront and the natural environment. In response to the Exploratorium’s prompt to “animate the Library in the service of understanding San Francisco Bay,” Megan and her collaborators created a series of graphic atlases that explain that histories of the watersheds and the shorelines, both natural history and the built environment. Watersheds and Shorelines are two of five atlases that also include Islands and the two urban atlases, San Francisco and East Bay. All are installed as permanent exhibits in the Bay Observatory, along with a public access mini library of Bay Area landscape history. In her April 18 presentation, Megan will show slides and discuss the research and outcomes behind the Watersheds atlas and the Shorelines atlas. Watersheds traces the flow of water from the mountains to the mouth of the Bay, and Shorelines traces the landscape of the water’s edge of both San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay.

Megan Prelinger is a cultural historian and naturalist. She is co-founder along with Rick Prelinger of the Prelinger Library and architect of its information design. The library is an independent landscape-based research library in San Francisco that has been open to the public since 2004. She is the author of several books, most recently Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age (W.W. Norton, 2015), and the 2013 and 2014 Watersheds, Shorelines, and Islands historical atlases, all permanent exhibits in the Exploratorium’s Bay Observatory gallery.

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Mount Diablo Blooms After the Fire

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Guest Speaker: Joan Hamilton 
7pm, Tuesday Mar 22nd, 2016
FREE Lake Merritt Rotary Nature Center, Oakland, CA 
Since September 2013, Joan Hamilton has been documenting Mount Diablo’s recovery from the Morgan fire. Come see how various parts of the mountain changed over time–and what scientists are learning from the 3,100-acre conflagration. 
 
Hamilton is a freelance writer and editor who writes regularly for Bay Nature magazine. She  also produces Audible Mount Diablo–a series of downloadable hiking guides–and is a former editor-in-chief of Sierra magazine. 
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Welcoming the Fungi Kingdom

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Welcoming the Fungi Kingdom
Guest Speaker: Trent Pearce 
7pm, Thursday Feb 25th, 2016
FREE Lake Merritt Rotary Nature Center, Oakland, CA 

Winter rains bring forth the Kingdom Fungi! Delve into this strange world with Naturalist Trent Pearce of the East Bay Regional Park District. Learn what differentiates fungi from plants and animals, and meet a few of our common fungal genera.

Trent joined the Park District in 2010, working at Ardenwood Historic Farm before coming to the Tilden Nature Area. Natural history has long been his passion; for the preceding six years he served as an interpreter for California State Parks and an environmental educator in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Trent is an autodidactic mycologist, photographer, and an avid birder.

 

The Location

Lake Merritt’s Rotary Nature Center is at 600 Bellevue Avenue in Oakland. On the Northern shore of Lake Merritt (between it’s two “arms”). Part of the City of Oakland’s Office of Parks and Recreation, the Center is an interpretive museum, providing education about the natural environment while overseeing America’s oldest wildlife refuge and Oakland open spaces. A City of Oakland, Office of Parks and Recreation entity.

We are grateful for their offer of their space. An otter appeared briefly in the Lake a couple years ago — we hope they’ll come back for longer sometime in the future!

The Nature Center is about a 20 minute walk from 19th St BART station. Closest bus line from the direction of BART is the NL or the 12. There is street parking.

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Back in the Bay

River Otters:  Back on the Bay Area Map!
Guest Speaker: Robyn Aston, River Otter Ecology Project
7pm November 19th, 2015
FREE Lake Merritt Rotary Nature Center, Oakland, CA 

River otters are charismatic carnivores, and make wonderful ambassadors for river and wetland restoration and conservation efforts. Once extirpated in the SF Bay Area, little is known about their current population, range, and seasonal eating habits. The River Otter Ecology Project has taken on the challenge of discovering and documenting their ecological niche, with the goal of informing land use decisions and preserving habitat for these lively aquatic mammals.

Join us as we discuss what we know, what needs to be discovered, and just how we manage to research elusive, secretive mammals who slide into the water and disappear when approached. We will show slides and videos from our “otter-cams,” and discuss the project and the role that citizen science plays in this otterly exciting work!

More about Robert “Robyn” Aston

The River Otter Ecology Project (ROEP)
Otter Specialist Group, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Robyn Aston, interested in otters from an early age, has a degree in Biology, and is currently a volunteer with ROEP. His duties include working in the field, maintaining a River Otter research database, and presenting to schools, universities, and special interest groups. Along with many of the world’s leading “otter-ologists,” he, and ROEP Director Megan Isadore, are members of the IUCN’s Otter Specialist Group.

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The Location

Lake Merritt’s Rotary Nature Center is at 600 Bellevue Avenue in Oakland. On the Northern shore of Lake Merritt (between it’s two “arms”). Part of the City of Oakland’s Office of Parks and Recreation, the Center is an interpretive museum, providing education about the natural environment while overseeing America’s oldest wildlife refuge and Oakland open spaces. A City of Oakland, Office of Parks and Recreation entity.

We are grateful for their offer of their space. An otter appeared briefly in the Lake a couple years ago — we hope they’ll come back for longer sometime in the future!

The Nature Center is about a 20 minute walk from 19th St BART station. Closest bus line from the direction of BART is the NL or the 12. There is street parking.

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SF Bay Area Caves: A Ramble Through the Underground Realm
Guest Speaker: Bruce Rogers
7pm Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 (doors open 6:30pm)
FREE at the Exploratorium Bay Observatory Gallery (see directions at the bottom for details)
and please let them know if you are coming.

Bruce Rogers will give us a scientist and explorer’s insight into selected caves of the Greater San Francisco Bay Region. The region is not noted for its abundance of known stygian sites, but they aren’t absent. Some you can visit and some you’ll likely never see for yourself, given the restricted access. We’ll include a quick look into the multitude of sea caves (some of national importance); tafoni shelters (a few with fascinating cultural and natural history); unusual caves comparable to only a few other locations world-wide; and even a scattering of small limestone caves and their unique inhabitants. Discussion will also touch on cultural and architectural sites resembling natural caves.

Elephant Bay Entrance, El Reyes Cave

Elephant Bay Entrance, El Reyes Cave

Bruce Rogers began cave exploring in the wilds of New England in 1958. Since then he has explored the basements of North America from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from Alaska to the Guatemala border in addition to many of the island nations of the Pacific Basin. All facets of geology and geography, cartography, photography, and history are included in his spelean interests. Author and/or editor of several books and scores of articles on caves, his current interests are lava tubes, littoral caves, cave history, and Pleistocene fossils in California caves. His interest in speleology led to formal geologic education and to a position as a field geologist at the USGS. There, he also indulged both artistic and scientific bents as a scientific illustrator and web person at the USGS for a third of a century. Since 2007, he has been writing prolifically and is President of the Western Cave Conservancy.

RESERVATIONS AND DIRECTIONS

Reservations can be made at reserve@exploratorium.edu or 415-528-4444 option 5.

Please let the Gallery know if you are coming.

The lecture will be at the Exploratorium Bay Observatory Gallery at the back of the museum. The special event entrance is through the gate on the outside of building, past the main entrance (as depicted in the map). Someone should be out front helping guide (the museum itself will not be open). Please visit the Exploratorium website for directions to the museum.

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This will be our first of three summer talks partnering with the Exploratorium Bay Observatory Gallery. Please note the time and directions. Please also call or email ahead to let them know if you are coming (see reservations and directions at the bottom)

Exploring SF’s Natural Springs & Creeks
Guest Speaker: Joel Pomerantz
7pm Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 (doors after 6pm)
FREE at the Exploratorium Bay Observatory Gallery (see directions at the bottom for details)
and please let them know if you are coming.

Bernal Seeps

Which is more likely in San Francisco: wading through a creek or through traffic? Under the right circumstances, either is possible to do. Sometimes, when atmospheric rivers slam the region, we can do both at once, as street gutters fill to capacity. But San Franciscan residents have few if any natural creek experiences. Compare that to the creek-dependent lives of the people that lived here for thousands of years before urban development and you might start to wonder.
Bring your curiosity and wonder for this discussion-oriented presentation by Joel Pomerantz, an independent researcher and publisher of the Seep City water explorations map. He will give tips on reading the landscape in search of water, and tell you where some of our beautiful (if small) springs are.
You can read some of the recent media coverage on wired.com or order a map on his website seepcity.org.
RESERVATIONS AND DIRECTIONS
Reservations can be made at reserve@exploratorium.edu or 415-528-4444 option 5.
Please let the Gallery know if you are coming.
The lecture will be at the Exploratorium Bay Observatory Gallery at the back of the museum. The special event entrance is through the gate on the outside of building, past the main entrance (as depicted in the map). Someone should be out front helping guide (the museum itself will not be open). Please visit the Exploratorium website for directions to the museum.
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Note: This is out first of many talks outside of the Randall (the Randall is undergoing reconstruction through until the Fall of 2016). Make sure to note the date, time, and location. We won’t likely to be on the third Thursday too often.

The Art and Exploration of Creating a Bird Book
Guest Speaker: Keith Hansen
7:30pm, Wednesday, Apr 29th, 2015
FREE at Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 

Keith Hansen is a wildlife artist who specializes in the inspirational and accurate portrayal of birds.

Illustrations of Cedar Waxwings

Cedar Waxwing by Keith Hansen

His most resent endeavor has been a 14 year project illustrating the book “Birds of the Sierra Nevada: Their Natural History, Status and Distribution”, authored by Ted Beedy and Ed Pandolfino. He illustrated about 1,400 portraits of the 320 species that occur annually somewhere, anywhere, and everywhere in the Sierra. He will be talking about the production of his illustrations and the birds themselves.

If you can’t make this talk — his workspace, The Wildlife Gallery” is located in Bolinas California where people can view originals, prints, and the various works that are on display (and the birds visible outside his window!).

More about Keith and his work can be found at keithhansen.com.

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