Habitat Restoration Opportunities
Join us in activities to support our habitat restoration sites in San Francisco and the East Bay. These are drop-in programs, so no need to RSVP, unless you are an organized group. If we have a large amount of individuals or groups attending a workday, we will post them as FULL. If you need directions, or want to schedule a group workday, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. Please wear sturdy close-toed shoes, weather appropriate clothes, hat and/or sunscreen. Bring your own garden gloves and carry a water bottle if you have one to minimize trash. We’ll provide instruction, gloves, tools, snacks and water. Heavy rain will cancel the events. You will be asked to sign a waiver at the event. Waivers for volunteers under 18 years of age must be signed by a parent or guardian. Pier 94, San Francisco’s South Eastern Waterfront
Join us to help a restored wetland in San Francisco Bay. Activities at Pier 94 include invasive plant removal, trash pickup and planting. See native plants, and a variety of shorebirds and waterbirds. Next Volunteer Events:
- Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. – noon
- Saturday, January 3, 2015 from 9 a.m. – noon
Directions: Take Third Street to Cargo Way first left onto Amador, this street makes a sharp right in an industrial area, the address is 480 Amador St. (an office for a neighbor). Turn into the gravel parking lot before the chain link fence on the left. Just ahead you will see a small sign next to white barriers. This is the entrance to Pier 94. Park in front of the barriers. Use this Pier 94 map.
Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park, Oakland
Work to plant native shrubs and weed out the invasives at our site adjacent to Arrowhead Marsh in East Oakland. Brown Pelicans swoop into the bay and Clapper Rails chatter in the marsh. Next Events:
- Saturday, November 15, 2014, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm FULL
- Saturday, December 20 2014, from 9:30am-12:30pm
Directions: From I-880 in Oakland, exit at Hegenberger Road and head west. Turn right onto Doolittle Drive (Hwy. 61) and right again onto Swan Way. You will then turn left into the park and drive to the last parking lot near the observation tower. See attached map
Golden Gate Park, Buffalo Paddock, San Francisco
Restore white-crowned sparrow and other coast scrub species habitat with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and Golden Gate Audubon. Next events:
- Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 9:00 am – noon
- Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 9:00 am – noon
Directions: In Golden Gate Park at Chain of Lakes and JFK Drive. Meet at the east end of the Bison Paddock. Please rsvp
Golden Gate Park, North Lake, San Francisco
In partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, volunteers support habitat for local and migrating birds at North Lake in Golden Gate Park. Remove weeds and plant plants that provide food and cover for the many birds that depend on this site. These events are held on the fourth Saturday of each month from 9:00am until noon. Groups are welcome but RSVP in advance is required. Please email email@example.com to sign up to participate. Directions: Meet at Fulton and Chain of Lakes Drive (east).
Crissy Field – Beach Cleanup, San Francisco
In partnership with the National Park Service, monthly beach cleanups for the Snowy Plover and other shorebirds are held at Crissy Field in San Francisco. All equipment (gloves, pickers and buckets) are provided by the NPS. A commitment to learn more about the Snowy Plovers and their environment and assistance at six or more beach cleanups per year is requested. Next events:
- Monday, December 8, 2014 from 10 am – noon
- Monday, January 12, 2015 from 10 am – noon
Directions: Volunteers meet at the Warming Hut, 983 Marine Dr, San Francisco CA 94129.
Lands End – East Wash in the Presidio, San Francisco
Observe the birds of Lands End in San Francisco, while you work to improve their habitat. Lands End is known for its high avian diversity. Golden Gate Audubon and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy are partnering to hold restoration workdays. Next volunteer event:
- Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
- Directions: Meet at the Eagles Point Trail head here: http://goo.gl/maps/G2boN Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Tools, water, and snacks will be provided.
Proposed Alameda Wildlife Reserve, Alameda
Home to the endangered California Least Terns. Work with the Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Reserve to prepare habitat by removing invasive shrubs and ground covers. Adults must be present to work with anyone under the age of 15, unless given special permission. Next volunteer events:
- Sunday, December 14,2014 from 9:00 am – noon FULL
- Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 9:00am – noon
Directions: Meet at the main refuge gate at the northwest corner of the former Naval Air Station in Alameda. Address is 2501 Monarch St. in Alameda, then drive toward the gates to the left of the Creative Technologies building. The far gate will be open, where a volunteer will have you sign-in.
Candlestick Park Eco Stewards - Golden Gate Audubon Society Volunteer Opportunity Candlestick Park Eco Stewards. Volunteers plant native plants and work on other activities at Candlestick Point State Park in San Francisco.
- 1st Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Second Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
- Fourth Friday 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
Wear appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes and hat; gloves and tools provided. All ages welcome. Directions: Meet at the State Park Nursery at 1150 Carroll Ave. (Ranger Station); take 29 Muni bus to the Gilman Playground stop. Follow Gilman toward the stadium and make a left on Aurelious Walker, which loops around and becomes Carroll Ave. Click for Map.
Conservation Committee – Get together with other birders and wildlife enthusiasts to find out about projects in your community.
- The East Bay Conservation Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the GGAS office in Berkeley. Contact the East Bay Conservation Committee chairperson Phil Price at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- The Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Reserve committee meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Alameda Point Building 1, Room 140. For more information, contact FAWR Committee chairperson Leora Feeney at: email@example.com
If you are interested in leading occasional field trips to places of your choosing, or teaching adults about natural history please consider becoming a field trip leader or teacher. We are always seeking field trip leaders and instructors in bird-related subjects, including beginning birding, bird migration, bird physiology; butterflies; wildflowers; habitats and associated wildlife; insects; etc. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Eco Education Volunteers 2014
Golden Gate Audubon, one of California’s oldest conservation groups, needs WEEKDAY volunteers this school year to work in our award-winning Eco- Education Programs based in East Oakland, North Richmond and Southeast San Francisco No prior experience necessary! Come work with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders during their wetland ecology field trip!
Train to Become a Docent
Help passersby spot and appreciate the birds at spots like Lake Merritt, the Bay Trail in Richmond and Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley. We provide train docents in the spring for the Lake Merritt program and in the fall for Birding the Bay Trail and the Burrowing Owl Docent program. The next opportunity to sign up to become a docent will be in the spring of 2015.
Other Ways to Help
Your skills, knowledge, and expertise can help us in dozens of ways. Lead a field trip, teach children about birds and wetlands, provide office support, write letters to elected officials, or join a habitat restoration work party. Whether you have a lot of time or a little, we welcome your participation. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Event Volunteers: Volunteers are needed at a variety of events to engage the public by talking about Golden Gate Audubon’s programs and the advantages of membership. Event entry fees are paid for these volunteers. To find out more, click here. Existing Volunteers – Volunteer Hours