• First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center

ACR Director of Conservation Science John Kelly will be a featured speaker at Golden Gate Audubon's Speaker Series. The program will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center located at 1187 Franklin Street (at Geary) in San Francisco.

A hundred years ago, herons and egrets were rare in the San Francisco Bay area. Now, after a long recovery from intensive hunting, habitat loss, and other previous abuses by humans, these elegant birds have become popular symbols of wetland health and conservation. Such symbolism is validated by their sensitivity to wetland quality and their importance as powerful wetland predators. This program will provide a fascinating look into the lives of herons and egrets, with insights from ongoing studies at ACR on the conservation of wetland landscapes, the effects of climate change, and the protection of heronries. In addition, John will share recent work on topics including shorebird responses to tidal marsh restoration in Tomales Bay and the dependence of wintering waterbirds on the seasonal spawning activities of Pacific herring.

John Kelly has been studying heron and egrets throughout the San Francisco Bay area for nearly 30 years. As ACR’s Director of Conservation Science, John manages ACR’s Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, works on local and regional conservation issues, and serves as a scientific advisor for a variety of conservation agencies and organizations. His scientific work is focused on the habitat relationships, population ecology, behaviors, and energetics of coastal and estuarine birds.