Golden Gate Audubon Society is dedicated to protecting Bay Area birds, other wildlife, and their natural habitats. We conserve and restore wildlife habitats, connect people of all ages and backgrounds with the natural world, and educate and engage Bay Area residents in the protection of our shared, local environment.
Golden Gate Audubon is an independent, nonprofit organization with its own membership, budget and programs. Although we are a chapter of National Audubon, becoming a supporting member of Golden Gate Audubon is separate and distinct from membership in the National Audubon Society. Golden Gate Audubon supporting members receive The Gull newsletter and play a critical role in protecting local birds and their habitats.
In Fall 2019, the Golden Gate Audubon Society Board of Directors approved a Strategic Plan that will guide the organization through 2023. HERE is our plan summary and HERE is our full plan. If you’d like to learn more, please click here. We invite you to read the plan and get involved!
Where we Work
Golden Gate Audubon focuses on protecting native birds and other wildlife species in the San Francisco Bay Area, particularly in the City and County of San Francisco and western Alameda and Contra Costa counties (see map). We also inspire Bay Area residents to promote our mission on a national and global level.
GGAS at a Glance
Mission: The Golden Gate Audubon Society engages people to experience the wonder of birds and to translate that wonder into actions which protect native bird populations and their habitats.
Chapter size: Ninth biggest Audubon chapter in the U.S.
Area covered: San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, Orinda, Moraga, Piedmont, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Kensington, and Treasure Island
Number of field trips: Over 200 bird walks led by volunteers each year, mostly free and all open to the public.
Number of schools served in our award-winning Eco-Education program: Two in Oakland, three in Richmond, two in San Francisco
Number of students served:
- Over 400 students annually in grades three through fifth
- Over 20,000 students and family members since 1999
Habitat restored and maintained:
- Lead agency for wetlands restoration at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline in Oakland and Pier 94 in San Francisco.
- We organize monthly volunteer habitat restoration events at a total of eight sites operated by five different public agencies on both sides of the Bay.
- GGAS advocacy has helped launch restoration projects at the Emeryville Crescent, Berkeley Meadow, Eastshore State Park, Heron’s Head Park, Alameda Wildlife Reserve, Crissy Field Lagoon, Yerba Buena Island, and Pier 94.
Christmas Bird Count:
We sponsor Christmas Bird Counts in San Francisco, Richmond and Oakland as part of National Audubon’s nationwide CBC, the largest and oldest citizen science event in the world. Our Oakland count put more people in the field than any other CBC in 2017.
Golden Gate Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, which has 467 local chapters and 450,000 members throughout the U.S.