The Geological Tourist in Lake County – Topic of Redbud Audubon’s September Program

The Redbud Audubon Society is pleased to host Dr. Harry Lyons at its first program meeting of the season on Thursday, Sept. 16, starting at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Although Dr. Lyons is best known for his talks on Clear Lake, his interests extend to other topics, including the fascinating geology of the Clear Lake basin, which will be his topic for the September meeting.

“A few folks travel to Lake County to take in the Geology, to marvel at the variety of young igneous rocks, to crumble soil derived from Jurassic muddy sandstones, and to scramble up slopes of serpentine. What’s the big draw for this small group?” Lyons asks. His answer is that the terrain around Clear Lake reflects the history of California and the world. Lyons condenses lessons from local experts and informed visitors in tying the region’s geological history to actions that occurred below the Pacific Ocean, the area of his study as an oceanographer.

Dr. Lyons has lived in Lake County for over 40 years, for much of that time conveying scientific information on Clear Lake to two generations of college students. The Emeritus Professor of Biology/Ecology from Yuba College grew up in Brooklyn, attended Rutgers College and Stanford University, and was awarded his PhD in Oceanography as a National Science Fellow from the Scripps Institution of the University of California.

He currently is serving as the president of the Lake County Resource Conservation District and as a founding member of the Middle Creek Restoration Coalition. He has been appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to the Blue-Ribbon Committee for the Restoration of Clear Lake. He often speaks, and sings, about the natural history of Clear Lake and efforts to restore and preserve its watershed.

To register for the Zoom program, go to the Redbud Audubon website: www.redbudaudubon.org and click on the Registration link. The Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the program. Redbud Audubon Society is the oldest conservation organization in Lake County. Founded in 1974, Redbud is affiliated with the National Audubon Society. The organization holds monthly program meetings from September through April and presents the annual Heron Days event to view birdlife on Clear Lake.

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