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BAO Virtual Lectures

Join us for virtual lectures from 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM every other Thursday.
New lectures will be added each month, so check back to this page for updates!

Since we had to cancel our in-person lectures in Mountain View and San Jose due to the shelter-in-place order, we are continuing them virtually so you can enjoy them in the comfort and safety of your own home. You can participate by phone only (but you won't see the slides) or by video conference - it is your choice.

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Our speaker is Michael Cox, a retired soil and groundwater specialist who has had a life-long interest in mercury mining and mineralogy. Over the years, his main interest has been investigating the New Almaden mines in San Jose as well as mines from all over the world with the goal to alert the public to mining-related environmental issues and restoration.

An expert, Deborah Zierten, from Save the Redwoods League will teach us about the history of preserving redwoods in parks and preservers and who was influential in making it happen.

Are you fascinated with forensic TV shows like Crime Scene Investigation? Have you wondered what it’s like to work in a REAL crime lab? This virtual tour of the Santa Clara County Crime Lab walks through all the different areas of the lab via photographs and stories from real cases. The presentation is given by a criminalist with over 17 years of experience who has worked on many different kinds of cases, from crime scenes to shoeprints to bloodstain patterns. She is an engaging presenter with lots of local crime stories.

Ben Pearl will be talking about his work with Snowy Plover chicks. He is the plover program director at San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory. He grew up in San Luis Obispo, where he attained an early love for nature exploring the nearby tide pools and oak forests. He completed his B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at U.C. Santa Cruz, and first came to SFBBO while beginning his Masters at San Jose State University. For his Master’s thesis, he examined how various factors affect plover foraging habitat selection during the winter in the South San Francisco Bay. His favorite part of field work is banding Snowy Plover chicks and watching them grow up, and also enjoys teaching the public about these special birds.

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