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 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.

Pier 94, San Francisco’s South Eastern Waterfront

Volunteer at Pier 94 - photo Lee Karney

Volunteer at Pier 94 / Photo by Lee Karney

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, August 2, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 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

Arrowhead Marsh

Arrowhead Marsh

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, July 19, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9:30 am to 12:30 p.m ** Celebrate Coastal Cleanup with us!

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

White-crowned Sparrow

Restore white-crowned sparrow and other coast scrub species habitat with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and Golden Gate Audubon.  Next events:

        • Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 9:00 am to noon
        • Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 9:00 am to noon
        • Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9:00 am to noon

Directions: In Golden Gate Park at Chain of Lakes and JFK Drive.   Meet at the east end of the Bison Paddock. Please rsvp

Crissy Field – Beach Cleanup, San Francisco

Snowy Plover

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, July 14, 2014 from 10 am to noon
          • Monday, August 11, 2014 from 10 am to noon
          • Monday, September 8, 2014 from 10 am to noon

Directions: Volunteers meet at 10am at the Warming Hut, 983 Marine Dr, San Francisco CA 94129.

Lands End – East Wash in the Presidio, San Francisco

Lands End

Lands End

Observe the birds of Lands End in San Francisco, while you work to improve their habitat. The East Wash, a site within the interior of 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, August 2, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
          • Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Directions: Meet at the top of the golf course access road across from the Palace of the Legion of Honor (where 34th Avenue meets El Camino del Mar). Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. Tools, water, and snacks will be provided.  

 

Proposed Alameda Wildlife Reserve, Alameda

Volunteers at the proposed Alameda Wildlife Reserve

Home to the endangered California Least Terns. Work with the Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Reserve to prepare habitat by removing invasive shrubs and groundcovers. Adults must be present to work with anyone under the age of 15, unless given special permission. Next volunteer events: 

We are taking a break while the Terns are present.  Join us in September.

Directions: Meet at the main refuge gate at the northwest corner of the former Naval Air Station in Alameda. Find your way to 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.

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Conservation Opportunities

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 pnprice@creekcats.com 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: leoraalameda@att.net

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Education Opportunities

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 nweeden@goldengateaudubon.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!

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Train to Become a Docent

Help passersby spot and appreciate the birds at spots like Lake Merritt, the Bay Trail and Cesar Chavez Park. We provide train

Sign up to become a docent in the fall 2014.

Burrowing Owl Docent Training Saturday, September 27 from 9:45am-3pm

Birding the Bay Trail Docent Training Wednesday, October 1, 2014 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

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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 volunteer@goldengateaudubon.org 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