Posts Tagged ‘farallones’

The Golden Age of Mesopredators
Guest Speaker:  Glen Martin
7:30pm, Thursday, January 19th, 2012
FREE at the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 

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Glen Martin, former environmental reporter for the Chronicle, will recount how mid-level predators are thriving in the Bay Area.

You can get an intro to the subject through his Bay Nature article from July 1st of 2011, the Middle Way.

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Reclaiming the Art of Natural History 
Guest Speaker:  John (Jack) Muir Laws
7:30pm, Thursday, November 17th, 2011
FREE at the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 

This is our last talk of 2011. We should have announcements about some of next year’s schedule soon.

The Coast Ranges extend north-south for over 600 miles, more than two-thirds the length of the state. The variety of elevations, rock types, and climate zones in this group of mountain ranges supports a remarkable diversity of plant and animal life. Through an illustrated lecture, John (Jack) Muir Laws will lead us on a virtual walk across the Coast Ranges, exploring delightful relationships between plants and animals as we go. Along the way, we will learn a three-step process that will help us see more and think like naturalists. Jack will also discuss some of the conservation challenges in the region and what stewards of nature are doing to confront them. Whether you’re a botanist, birder or hiker, don’t miss this great opportunity to enrich your next exploration along the coast!

Jack delights in exploring the natural world and sharing this love with others.  He has worked as an environmental educator for over 25 years in California, Wyoming, and Alaska.  He teaches classes on natural history, conservation biology, scientific illustration, and field sketching. He is trained as a wildlife biologist and is an associate of the California Academy of Sciences. He has written and illustrated books about the natural history of California including Sierra Birds: a Hiker’s Guide(2004), The Laws Guide to the Sierra Nevada (2007), and The Laws Pocket Guide Set to the San Francisco Bay Area (2009). He is a regular contributor to Bay Nature magazine with his “Naturalists Notebook” column.
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Keeping Nature in the City
Guest Speaker:  Peter Brastow
7:30pm, Thursday, October 20th, 2011
FREE at the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 

Nature in the City’s founder Peter Brastow shares his vision of how we can more meaningfully interact with the wild in our city: restoring natural areas in our neighborhoods and backyards and through projects like the Twin Peaks Bioregional Park and the Green Hairstreak Corridor.

Peter Brastow founded Nature in the City in 2005 with the idea of connecting urban people to where we live. Doing this would help the growing movement to conserve San Francisco’s natural areas and biodiversity, helping to carry ecological restoration and stewardship further. Peter had previously served as the Presidio’s National Park Service Ecological Restoration Specialist.

You can read more about Nature in the City and their projects at natureinthecity.org.

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San Francisco’s Changing Landscape
Guest Speaker:  Greg Gaar
7:30pm, Thursday, September 15th, 2011
FREE at the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 

Greg Gaar will present over 100 historic images of the evolution of SF’ s native plant communities over the last 200 years. Greg will show the transition of our oak woodlands, sand dunes, coastal prairies, tidal marshes, lakes and creeks and efforts to preserve our natural heritage.

If you’ve seen any number of photos of San Francisco through history, chances are you’ve seen photos from Greg Gaar’s collection.

You can find many of them online, but also some also in a book San Francisco: A Natural History

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The Farallon Egg War

The Farallon Egg War
Guest Speaker:  Eva Chrysanthe
7:30pm, Thursday, August 18th, 2011
FREE at the Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 

Writer and illustrator Eva Chrysanthe will present a re-examination of the political and market forces that led to mass poaching on the Farallones and the bold and ultimately successful efforts by 19th & 20th century scientists to preserve the island’ s ecology.

You can see more of Eva’s engaging illustrations on her blog.

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