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Audubon's Birds of America Exhibit and explore bird behavior and ecology
through special programs designed for everyone to enjoy. The following
programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.
Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park
Thursday, May 3
Project Director for the Stow Lake Education Project and heron lover
Nancy DeStefanis will talk about the graceful Great Blue Herons that have
made their homes in Golden Gate Park. A short film by local filmmaker
Judy Irving, "Heron Island," will be shown.
Children and their adult friends can see beaks, bones, feathers, eggs
and nests, as well as a view " Heron Island" by local filmmaker Judy Irving
and hear Nancy's famous accordion rendition of "My Blue Herons."
Blue Heron Tours at Stow Lake
Every Sunday in May & Saturdays June 2, 9 & 16
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Heron observation and explanation continues at Stow Lake in Golden Gate
Park thanks to Academy interns and Stow Lake Education Project Director
Nancy DeStefanis, a heron expert. On Saturdays until the middle of June,
visitors can peer through spotting scopes and gain insight into the lives
of these majestic birds as they mate and hatch chicks on the island they
have occupied since 1993. The Heron Explainers Project is cosponsored
by the Academy of Sciences and the Golden Gate Audubon Society. Follow
signs at the Stow Lake Boathouse to the Heron Explainers Project.
Wednesday May 16
The Endangered Birds of México: Causes and Perspectives
7:30 p.m. Morrison Auditorium
A special lecture with Dr. Gerardo Ceballos González. Senior Scientist
and Professor, Institute of Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de
México Join Dr. Ceballos on a journey into the lives and conservation
of the birds of México. Gerardo will discuss the book Las Aves de México
en Peligro de Extinción (The Endangered Birds of México) which he
co-authored. For more than two decades Dr. Ceballos has worked in several
conservation projects throughout North and South America and has published
over 100 scientific papers and books. He is currently working on jaguar
conservation in Southern México and forest ecology in Costa Rica in collaboration
with the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. Ceballos
will be available to sign his book after the lecture.
The new exhibit, Audubon’s Birds of America, featuring original lithographs of John
James Audubon, will be free and open to the public from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Call 415-750-7143 for more information.
of Bird Illustration
Wednesday May 16 - Sunday May 20
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Cowell Hall
Meet bird illustrator Keith Hansen and observe a live bird painting
demonstration. Using various media, Keith will be working on plates for
the book A Field Guide to the Birds of the Sierra Nevada produced
by the Yosemite Association. Keith Hansen has produced over 200 bird illustrations
in various ornithological journals and has led birding trips all over
Friday June 1
Pigeons, crows and gulls hardly seem like extraordinary species to
those ho encounter them everyday. But attend this program and you'll never
look at them the same way again.
Saturday June 2
Take a scientific look at bird behavior. Researchers are uncovering
amazing facts about eagles, owls, parrots, ravens and other fascinating
birds. See some of the equipment and techniques used by scientists to
study how birds communicate, solve problems and survive.
Sketching and Illustrating Birds
Saturday June 16
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join naturalists and artists Jack Laws and Allan Hopkins on a bird watching
and illustrating exploration. First, look for birds and sketchthem at
Strybing Arboretum and then come to the Academy and work on the details
of your field sketchings. Jack and Allan will also lead a tour of Audubon's
Birds of of America.
Group meets at the front gate of the Strybing Arboretum (9th Ave. and
Lincoln Way). Program is free but reservations are required. Call (415)
750-7348 for reservations and more information.