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Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: The Golden Gate Audubon Society engages people to experience the wonder of birds and translate that wonder into action; and protect native bird populations and their habitats.

Results: Number of schools served in Eco-Education program: Six in Oakland, four in Richmond, two in San Francisco Number of students served: • Over 700 students annually in grades three through six • Over 15,000 students and family members since 1999 Habitat restored and maintained: • Lead agency for wetlands restoration at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline in Oakland and Pier 94 in San Francisco. • Supporting agency for white-crowned sparrow habitat at the bison paddock in Golden Gate Park, and coastal scrub habitat at Land’s End (San Francisco). • GGAS advocacy helped launch restoration projects at the Emeryville Crescent, Berkeley Meadow, Eastshore State Park, Heron’s Head Park, and Crissy Field Lagoon. • GGAS is currently advocating for creation of a national wildlife reserve at Alameda Point, a key nesting site for endangered California least terns.

Target demographics: connect people with birds and support for a healthy environment

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 students and their families in Eco Education, over 150 free field trips in the community, and we advocated birds and their habitats locally.

Geographic areas served: Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties

Programs: an Eco-Education program to title one 3rd and 4th grad students and their families, over 100 free field trips for members and the public, low cost birding classes, 5 or more volunteer habitat restoration opportunities each month, and local conservation advocacy.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife signed us up for a family membership at Golden Gate Audubon Society about ten years ago. Over the years, I've gone on some of their free field trips and have always enjoyed the trip leaders, the other people I've met--and the birds. Then a couple of years ago I signed up for the year-long class on Master Birding that GGAS offers in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences. It was an extraordinary program. I learned so much from it and it introduced me to bay area birding hotspots that I hadn't know about. Part of the program requirement was 100 hours of nature-related community service, so I started volunteering for GGAS in several different capacities. This led to an invitation to join the board of directors. The more I become involved with this superb nonprofit, the more I realize what a gem it is! From its work on conservation issues to its award-winning eco program in bay area schools, GGAS is an amazing local resource!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Golden Gate Audubon is an amazing organization. With a very small (but excellent) staff, and lots of talented and devoted volunteers, they engage people to experience the wonder of birds and work to protect Bay Area birds and their habitats. GGAS offers habitat restoration events, 150+ bird walks each year (mostly free), opportunities for conservation advocacy, education for adults and youth, and much more! Join us!

4 Phil P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be on the board of this great organization. We are part of an unofficial Bay Area network of nature organizations --- others include the California Native Plant Society, the California Oaks Foundation, Wild Equity Institute, and others. Each organization has its own focus and expertise; ours is birds. Birds are the one kind of wildlife you can count on seeing every day, and we take advantage of that fact with our educational programs, birding walks, and other activities. We pursue two missions: (1) to protect birds and bird habitat in the area, and (2) to educate and inspire others to appreciate birds and nature. So we're part advocacy, part recreation, part education. Check out our website and our newsletter to find out more.

4 Catherine28


Rating: 5

GGAS is a wonderful local resource. Their field trips are terrific and their publication, The Gull, is a great way to learn about local goings-on in birding/ecology circles. Plus, the people who staff the office are so friendly and helpful. We are lucky to have GGAS.