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

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Address: P.O. Box 160694
Sacramento, CA 95816-0694
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Sally Walter-Schmoldt
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-524-4157
The Sacramento Valley is in the Great Pacific Flyway, the bird migration route from Alaska to Mexico. In Sacramento you can see about 250 species of birds. The Sacramento Audubon Society organizes birding-watching trips that go north to Sacramento Wildlife Refuge, east to the Sierra foothills and mountains, south to the San Joaquin River delta, and west to the Pacific Ocean. There are trips every weekend and often during weekdays. There is no cost for these trips and one does not have to be a member of SAS to participate. Trip leaders volunteer over 1,200 hours to share their knowledge of the local birds and their habitats. The Society also offers monthly slide-shows of birds from other regions and countries as well as other topics of ecological research and conservation.

The society is a volunteer 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1963. Our local Sacramento Audubon Society, while independent of National Audubon, shares the mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and their habitats. Sacramento Audubon has built a legacy of conservation success by mobilizing its members to connect people with nature through programs and field trips. Sacramento Audubon conducts an average of 15 field trips per month, including for beginners and families, and is one of the most active chapters in the country. A major milestone was the donation by Robert Crandall of 430 acres of the Feather River floodplain as a wildlife refuge, now known as Bobelaine Sanctuary. From 1975 onward, many members of the Society have volunteered countless hours maintaining this Sanctuary. Work and advocacy by members of the Society also led to new areas being studied and conserved. These areas include Sweetwater Creek, Deer Creek Hills, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, and Stone Lakes. Society members have also kept track of bird sightings in various specific areas, as well as the annual Christmas Counts in several counties. This has resulted in comprehensive checklists of birds in these areas. The Society has also published a book, "Birding in Sacramento Region". Now in its 4th Edition, the book describes over 110 birding locations and which birds can be found at each location.
Support for conservation and education projects - primarily volunteers and monetary support in the form of donations and grants.
Our top needs:
  1. Volunteers - Support for our outreach efforts at various regional birding festivals
  2. Funding: Unrestricted - Funds for Bobelaine Sanctuary maintenance work, contract with Sac Regional Conservation Corps for area maintenance, this pristine preserve was severely impacted after the recent flooding
  3. Funding: Unrestricted - Handouts for new birders and potential members
  4. Funding: Unrestricted - Materials to teach or show kids about bird behavior and habitats
  5. Funding: Unrestricted - Funding to support research in order to protect endangered species and/or their habitat
"For over 60 years the Sacramento Audubon Society has spread a sense of wonder about the beautiful area where we live. We have preserved our local environment and educated generations about the fascinating birds and beautiful habitat within the Sacramento area. Please contribute to the Sacramento Audubon Society to enable us to protect our beautiful region, learn about our unique wildlife, and continue to inspire generations to come." Sally Walters-Schmoldt President