San Francisco Bay in the Past

Saturday Jun 01 2019   6:30 PM
Spaulding Marine Center  600 Gate 5 Rd, Sausalito, CA  map

Join us for a journey back in time when giant grizzlies roamed the bay shores dining on beached whales, tule elk herds grazed the bunchgrass hills, and millions of salmon filled the Bay. We’ll explore the Bay Area as it might have been before 200 years ago and into deep time with a presentation of Laura Cunningham’s artwork and book A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California.

This presentation complements the daytime cruise on Freda.

Admission by donation to benefit educational activities for youth at the Spaulding Marine Center; more info here.

Laura CunninghamLaura Cunningham, an artist and naturalist, studied paleontology and biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked at various field biology jobs for the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other organizations, getting to know such species as the Owens Valley pupfish, the southern California steelhead trout, the Yosemite toad, and the Panamint alligator lizard. Simultaneously, she has been studying and painting California’s historic and living wildlife, flora, and unique landscapes. She lives near Death Valley National Park, where she cofounded the group Basin and Range Watch to explore the historical ecology of the desert ecosystems of California and Nevada, and to protect them. Visit her blog at

Photo by Kevin Emmerich