Talks and Lectures

Nat Talks, made possible with support from presenting sponsor The Downing Family Foundation and media partner KPBS, feature museum staff and outside experts speaking on an array of topics, including the latest in scientific research, history, conservation, and the natural world.

Purchase tickets by clicking on the link associated with each event. To view recorded talks and lectures, visit our YouTube playlist. Please note that all talks are offered in local time (PST/PDT).

Upcoming Events

Nat Talk: Return of the Condor

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 6 PM

The California condor, with its nine-foot wingspan, was once a common sight in our local skies. But by 1987, only 27 of these magnificent birds remained. Every last one of them was in captivity, but this story is a hopeful one.

Thanks to the tenacity of a binational, interdisciplinary team, more than 300 condors fly free again. About 40 of these birds live in the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, a national park in Baja California, Mexico. Living alongside these magnificent birds, high up in their remote, mountain home, are two intrepid researchers. Join The Nat for a rare opportunity to hear from one of these scientists, Catalina Porras.

Over Zoom, Catalina will fill us in on the status of the condors, giving updates on the birds’ behavior, threats to their population, and plans for the future. She’ll also share the realities of living at a remote camp and caring for the condors of Baja California.

Past Talks

Check out our top five most viewed talks from the 2021 season on YouTube.

Climate Change Series

Throughout 2021, The Nat and Climate Science Alliance collaborated to offer a series of evening talks and daytime lessons around climate change. These quarterly events dove into the complex topic of our changing climate. The more we know, the better we can respond to what is happening. Watch the series and be empowered.