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A Fascination for Birds

An introduction to birding, why it is so fascinating to so many, how to learn more about it.

Birds of the Bay Trail

A walk down parts of the Bay Trail, focusing on birds that one would see in the Berkeley / Albany / Richmond or Hayward Shoreline area.  Can be adjusted for other parts of the trail, with lead time.

Birds of the Bay

The importance of SF Bay to both Shorebirds, Waterfowl and a variety of other avian species.

Changing Seasons

Resident and migrant birds in the East Bay hills across the seasons, with a bit of behavior and plea for native plants.

Shorebird Migration

The amazing phenomenon of shorebird migration, how and why it happens, with emphasis on the special importance of the Bay for migrating shorebirds

Shorebird Feeding Behavior

Different bills, different appetites lead to varying feeding behaviors.  Shorebirds have evolved over eons to maximize their calories - feeding on everything from clams and snails to biofilm. 

A Bird's Rainbow

Why are birds often brightly colored?  Where does the color come from?  What makes hummingbirds so special?  These questions are answered, as we discuss feather structure, molt and bird behavior related to color.

Hunting Birds with a Camera

A mix of learnings from some great photographers, examples of a variety of approaches to bird photography, and images from around the world.  

A World of Birds

Families of Birds, Biogeographic Areas, The Big Year and the Biggest Year. Images of birds from around the world, and stories of people who try to see them all.

A Family Matter

The challenges in trying to photograph all the world's bird families, with beautiful images of many of them.



Talks by Bob

Who is Bob?

Bob Lewis was trained as a chemist, and worked for Chevron in Richmond and Europe for 33 years.  He has taught birding classes for 23 years, and has been an addicted birder, photographer and traveler for almost ever.  He has seen  4900 of the world's 10,000 bird species, and hopes to see many more! Bob received ABA's Chandler Robbins Award for Education and Conservation in 2016.

Bob enjoys presenting bird-related subjects to groups.  To schedule a presentation, contact Bob.

With sufficient lead time, a talk can be prepared specifically for you, on subjects related to near-by habitats, bird taxonomy,  behavior, physiology, etc. -- just ask!