SAN FRANCISCO (January 1999) ó This winter, the DOWNTOWN LECTURE SERIES will focus on the rich biodiversity of the San Francisco Bay Area. From the intertidal invertebrates to the soaring birds of prey, the lectures allow members of the downtown community to explore and celebrate the diversity of life in the Bay Area with research scientists in an engaging and informative format.

The Academy of Sciences makes these lectures easily available to the after-work crowd by offering the lecture series, held on Friday evenings at San Francisco State Universityís Downtown Center located at 425 Market Street (at Freemont). Lectures begin promptly at 5:45 p.m. Individual lectures are $12 for the general public/$10 for members of the Academy of Sciences or $55 for a series of five lectures for the general public/$45 for a series of five lectures for members of the Academy of Sciences. These classes are an extension of the existing adult and family education program that offers classes throughout the year at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. For more information and registration, please call the adult education office at (415) 750-7097.


Winter Lecture Schedule

Friday, February 19
Biodiversity of the Farallon Islands

Join Ed Ueber, manager of the Gulf of the Farallones and co-manager of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, to get an insiderís view on this magical place in our own back yard. The Farallones are home to the richest breeding seabird colony in the continental United States and support thirty-three species of marine mammals.

Friday, February 26
When Raptors Donít Read the Rules - Fifteen Years of Counting, Banding, and Tracking Birds of Prey at the Golden Gate

Each autumn, tens of thousands of birds of prey representing nineteen species fly past the Marin Headlands in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, comprising the largest known raptor migration bottleneck in the western United States. Allen Fish of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory will discuss this phenomenon that baffles scientists, forcing them to create new hypotheses about why autumn raptors migrate in California.

Friday, March 5
Biodiversity and Human Impact on Intertidal Life

Learn more about the biology and ecology of local rocky intertidal organisms living along this ribbon between the land and sea from Bob Breen. Discuss why this shallow water web of life hangs in delicate balance due to human impacts, and look at resource management strategies developed to conserve these precious ecosystems.

Friday, March 12
Sharks of San Francisco Bay

Renowned shark expert Dr. John McCosker will talk about the rich and abundant shark populations that ply the waters of the Bay Area. Learn shark facts, shark lore and mythology, and a guaranteed means of avoiding shark attacks!

Friday, March 19
Invasive Species and San Francisco Bay

Jan Thompson of the United States Geological Survey will discuss the history of introduced species in the San Francisco Bay and the economic and ecosystem effects of these introductions. She will also give a case history of one species recently introduced into the Bay. Learn how one species is capable of changing an entire food web and the ways in which contaminants flow through the ecosystem.