Sacramento Audubon Society
The Society's mission is to:
1. Promote the protection and scientific study of wild birds
2. Promote the enjoyment and appreciation of wild birds through community outreach
3. Provide, encourage and support environmental educational opportunities
4. Provide proactive leadership in the conservation of open space in the Sacramento region
Sacramento Audubon's territory consists of many unique habitats, such as farmland and grassland, riparian corridors, and vernal pools that support birds and other wildlife. It is under constant development pressures that threaten its very existence. SAS works hard to make its public aware of these local resources in affiliation with other area conservation proponents.
1. Support of ECOS and Habitat 20/20, including legal expenses for environmental actions on projects such Mustang Airport expansion near Consumnes River Preserve and CEQA Action litigation costs re Southeast Connector.
2. Support of other birding organizations such as Friends of Swainson's Hawks, and Save Our Sandhill Cranes,
3. Support of other conservation organizations such as Stone Lakes NWR, Bufferlands, Feather River Land Trust, Wildlife Care Association
4. Funding for continued maintenance work at Bobelaine Sanctuary which is registered as a "State Ecological Reserve" maintained by Sacramento Audubon Society and owned by National Audubon Society.
Increased awareness among Sacramento area citizens of local natural resources and the need to curtail wanton development in order to protect these resources
Sacramento Audubon provides grants of $500-$2,000 for other organizations that further the mission and goals of the Society. Examples of such projects are or have been:
1. Lake Davis Flammulated Owl Study: The primary goal of this study being conducted by Plumas Audubon is to determine how Flammulated Owls are affected by Defensive Fuel Profile Zones (DFPZs), which are forest thinning projects that are strategically placed to help control the spread of large wildfires. The study is a partnership with the U.S. forest Service (USFS).
2. Educational Film on Woodpeckers: Searching for Gold Spot is a film project with a strong emotional core centered on Black-backed Woodpeckers, increasingly rare in their native montane habitats. It chronicles current research efforts of Dr. Chad Hanson and seven field biologists investigating the birds and their preferred burned-over forest homes. The film is anticipated to draw appreciation and concern for other native fauna as well, and raises questions about the survival of our wild as we know it.
3. Swainson's Thrush Study: Over the past century, Swainson's Thrush has undergone a significant range contraction to where the species has quietly become one of the most alarmingly and perplexingly rare species breeding in the Sierra. The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science has partnered with Point Blue Conservation Science to determine where these birds migrate and spend their winters. Over the years, they have identified a few small pockets of consistent inter-annual territories at Tahoe and have identified suitable habitat in Plumas County for potential population expansion.
4. Tri-colored Blackbirds Habitat Research in the Sierra foothills area.
5. Sandhill Crane Technical Advisory Committee - formation and operation of the committee.
6. Wildlife Care Association Grant- to help support Wildlife Care's vital wildlife rescue/rehabilitation operations.
7. Bushy Lake Restoration and Environmental Education Project.
Increased awareness by Sacramento area citizens of local natural resources.
Understanding of environmental challenges in our community can start with learning about birds and other wildlife, even in our own backyards. To facilitate our residents' interest in their environment, SAS partners with other groups and institutions to "table" at area bird festivals, make presentations sharing photographs and information about birds and sponsoring field trips for young people.
1. Support and Outreach at Birding and Nature Festivals: such as Lodi Crane Festival, Central Valley Birding Symposium, and Marysville Swan Festival
2. Presentations to community groups such as Garden Clubs and Senior Centers
3. Birds slide-show for 4th, 5th, 6th grade students in local School Districts (Sacramento City, San Juan, Elk Grove and Folsom-Cordova)
4. Inner city school trips to Effie Yeaw Nature Center
5. Kids Christmas Bird Count
6. Hosting student teams for Nature Bowl at Camp Pollack.
SAS participation in north state birding festivals, involvement with children and teachers in classrooms and on field trips, and educational programs for adults