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Clapper Rail and chicks at Bolsa Chica reserve in southern California / Photo by Rick Lewis

Support birds this summer – and make your gift go twice as far

 

We were thrilled to see this photo of a Clapper Rail and its chicks, even if it was taken far from us in southern California. Clapper Rails are not just endangered but famously shy, so this image by Rick Lewis offers a priceless view.

Golden Gate Audubon works year-round to ensure the survival of at-risk birds like this Clapper Rail. We successfully fought to conserve Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland, one of the main Bay Area habitats for Clapper Rails. Today our volunteers continue to restore native plants to the area, and our Eco-Education program takes Oakland schoolchildren there to learn about wildlife and conservation.

This summer you have a wonderful opportunity to support Bay Area birds like the Clapper Rail — and make your gift go twice as far. A generous anonymous donor has offered to match all donations made before September 15, up to a total of $20,000. You will receive a tax deduction… every dollar you give will become $2 … and Bay Area birds will benefit!

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Making it work on the South Coast

Photo by Marissa Ortega-Welch

By Phila Rogers

I don’t think I could have written these words even two months ago because I was still unreconciled to my move to Santa Barbara. This is NOT my home, I would have told you. And then I would begin my rant. Where are the robins to sing up the dawn? Where are the chickadees chattering in the oaks, or the Great-horned …

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A fallen sparrow spurs a bird-friendly schoolyard

Photo by Marissa Ortega-Welch

By Anthony DeCicco 

Imagine you are a Golden-crowned Sparrow. You hatched in 2013 on the shrubby lowland tundra of Middleton Island, about 80 miles off the coast of Alaska. You were banded on September 15 of the same year, and eventually you make your natural journey southward along the Pacific Flyway.

You stop along fore…

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Making the case for biodiversity

Photo by Marissa Ortega-Welch

By Jack Dumbacher

I have little doubt that as long as there are people to watch them, there will always be some birds to watch. But as birders, we understand that just seeing birds is not enough – we want diversity. It is not enough to have a life list of one species that you’ve seen really well. We want a long life list with man…

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Manage your GGAS membership online!

Now you can manage all your GGAS business online — renew your membership, update your contact information, view past donations, or sign up for events such as classes, Birdathon or the Christmas Bird Count. Click here to access your account. (You’ll need to create a login name and password if you don’t have one already. If you forget your password, click on the “forgot your password” link.)