Our 2013 Accomplishments
Species and Habitat Preservation ...to preserve...
- We worked diligently to ensure the county's Habitat Conservation Plan is implemented in 2013. Preservation of thousands of acres of open space, grassland, rangeland and riparian corridors is anticipated from this 50-year plan.
- We've continued our working partnership with Golden Gate Audubon and the California Attorney General's office to ensure long-term monitoring, surveys, and mitigations are implemented for the good of Altamont's Golden Eagles and other raptors.
- We successfully halted development of a sub-division along Penitencia Creek; saving riparian nesting habitat for many species.
- We continued our collaborative effort with Google to steer their Moffett campus plans towards positive environmental outcomes.
- Worked diligently to counter the threat to Ulistac Nature Area in Santa Clara.
- Organized our local Environmental organizations in an effort to ensure the open space surrounding the San Jose Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant is put to good environmental uses.
Habitat Restoration ...to restore...
- With campus rollouts planned for Google, Apple, Facebook, and Intuit, we've been busy advising corporate planners on bird-friendly campus design, bird-safe window-design and general restoration plans that go hand in hand with development plans.
- At Coyote Highlands in Morgan Hill we secured additional wildlife friendly mitigations to offset their environmental impacts.
- We are participating in the Advisory Group to the Steering Committee for the Searsville Dam Alternatives Study.
For the love of birds ...to enjoy...
- With tremendous volunteer support we were proud to organize and sponsor the 2013 Burrowing Owl Consortium at Intuit's campus headquarters.
- Our volunteers continue to lead the Bay Area with four Christmas Bird counts and one summer count so that we all can participate in Citizen Science, adding to our understanding of local bird populations.
- The heart of our adult education offerings is our weekend field trips, and our devoted and dedicated expert leaders had groups out most every weekend of the year. Once again we had over 100 field trip adventures and over 1,200 field participants.
- Nine extraordinary guest speakers entertained our general meeting audiences with programs ranging from the Raptors of Africa to the Birds of the Sierra.
- Our Field Seminars provided a broad range of opportunities for our members including Sierra Valley, Tule Lake, the Eastern Sierra and our second chapter trip to Costa Rica.
Leading Through Education ...to foster public awareness...
- Our Wetlands Discovery Program, now in its 25th year, provided 23 field trips for 3rd-6th-grade students. Our total student outreach effort reached over 2700 underserved Title 1 students.
- Summer Camp was expanded to five days this year, reaching more campers and having a more-lasting impact.
- Volunteers and staff educated hundreds of participants at 13 different Earth day events.
- Our Wildlife Education Day hosted over 700 school-age kids and their families.
Updated December 2013
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Accomplishment Highlight! We celebrate the 25th year of our Wetlands Discovery Program in 2014. Twenty-five years ago we saw the need to develop and fund this exceptional program for children in underserved schools. With strained school budgets and the loss of science classes in many schools, that need has never been greater.
We're justly proud of the graduates of both our Wetlands Discovery Program and our Summer Camp, which just completed its third year in 2013. There's no better example of the results of our programs than the Fledglings. These junior birders are participants in our environmental programs who have banded together during our past two Spring Birdathons to raise more than $5,000 for conservation and education. Having supported the growth of our education programs, you can take pride in the way these young environmentalists are giving back to those same programs.