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, grassland, riparian corridors, and vernal pools that support birds and other wildlife. It is under constant development pressures that threaten its very existence. Sacramento Audubon Society works very hard to make its public aware of these local resources in affiliation with other area conservation proponents. Examples are below:
1. Support of The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and of Habitat 20/20 positions. Sacramento Audubon contributed toward legal expenses in a fight to stop the Elk Grove Annexation Expansion. Sacramento Audubon also gave funds for legal hearings concerning the CA State delta tunnel project (Waterfix). Many threatened terrestrial species, which includes birds, will be adversely affected if tunnel construction is allowed in those areas.
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 research that supports our mission. Examples of such projects are or have been:
1. Monetary support for the Tri-colored Blackbird Bio-acoustic monitoring Project
2. Monetary support for the Tri-colored Blackbird Habitat aerial survey project
Research projects Sacramento Audubon Society has supported in past years include:
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.
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 of the status threatened species for the scientific community as well as many other area citizens. Demonstrated the importance of the bird species that live in our region and the environments they need preserved for their their continued existence.
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. Funding support as well as volunteer participation at Birding and Nature Festivals: which include The Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival, Central Valley Birding Symposium, Creek Week in Carmichael, CA, Return of the Swainson Hawk event at Sutter Landing Park, Earth Day at Koobs Nature Center in Carmichael, Wildlife Art Festival in Sacramento, Harvest Day at Fair Oaks Park, Walk on the Wild Side event in the town of Freeport, Naturefest at Effie Yeaw Nature Center
2. Presentations to community groups such as Garden Clubs and Senior Centers
3. Show a slide-show for 4th, 5th, 6th grade students on area birds 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 is a fun event for children which Sacramento Audubon hosts yearly at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center
6. Contribution of funds to hosting student teams for Nature Bowl at Camp Pollock which is a competition for local school age children which quizzes both their ecological and conservasional knowledge.
7. Sacramento Audubon purchased both a state-of-the-art new sound system and a projector for the Assembly Room at Effie Yeaw Nature Center.
8. Support for the annual Bufferland's Calendar printing
9. Support with Effie Yeaw nature Center Bird & Breakfast events in Carmichael where Sacramento Audubon volunteers lead birdwatching field trips for adults and families and also monitor spotting scopes to view nesting birds.
10. Sacramento Audubon schedules many birdwatching hikes/walks each month and has walks specifically for beginning birders which are led by a very experienced leader. Literature is also given to aide beginning birders.
SAS participation in north state birding festivals, involvement with children and teachers in classrooms and on field trips, and educational programs for adults