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.
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.
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.