San Diego Audubon could not function at such a high level of success if it weren’t for the dedication of our primarily volunteer-run committees. These committees play an integral part in the daily workings of the organization. Below you will find a description of each committee and how you can get involved. Committees may meet on a monthly, quarterly, or as-needed basis.
To contact one of our Committees, please use the online contact form here, or call our office at 858.273.7800
The SDAS Conservation Committee is an active group of volunteers who are involved in taking action on many local, state, or federal issues that affect our wildlife communities including wind energy, wetland protection, climate change, water/wastewater/stormwater issues, urban habitat protection, and environmentally appropriate transportation and development. Committee members write comment letters on environmental documents, speak at City Council hearings, provide advice and/or support on policy issues, and more. To see what the Conservation Committee is currently pursuing, go here. This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm at the SDAS offices. The meetings are open to the public and are a great way to gain valuable insight into bigger-picture issues impacting our region. To join the Conservation Committee, interested volunteers must attend at least three of the prior six meetings, after which they can petition the committee for membership. To be voted in, an individual needs a simple majority vote by the committee. Full voting privileges begin at the first meeting following the committee vote.
The Education Committee works with the SDAS Director of Education to bring environmental training to school and community groups. This committee helps in the development and presentation of classroom and outdoor education programs. If you have an education and/or science background and a passion for teaching, you may want to get involved as an education volunteer. To find out more about our programs, go here.
San Diego Audubon is forming an Outreach Committee. This committee will be in charge of identifying, organizing, and attending tabling events to spread the word about SDAS, birds, wildlife, and their habitats in the San Diego area. This committee will also help with providing information on how people can get involved with SDAS.
The Communications Committee is tasked with compiling content and the layout of San Diego Audubon’s Sketches newsletter, published 10 times annually. This committee also advises on social and digital communications platforms, including the SDAS Facebook page, Twitter, eNewseltter, and website content. The Communications Committee is looking for volunteers with experience in graphic design, website editing, advertising, writing, editing, and more.
Field Trip Committee
San Diego Audubon offers nearly 50 birding field trips each year. These field trips are dedicated to the goal of introducing new, visiting, and experienced birders to the varied habitats and avian inhabitants of San Diego County. The Field Trip Committee is always looking for enthusiastic help. To find out more about our field trips, go here.
Bird Festival Committee
San Diego Audubon’s Bird Festival is an international event, typically held the first weekend of March to provide festival-goers with the largest diversity of bird life to be found all year. The festival offers classes, workshops, birding trips, and more, and the planning process happens year-round. If you are interested in contributing to this fun yearly event, consider joining the Bird Festival Committee. To find out more about Bird Festival, go here.
The Finance Committee is comprised of the Bookkeeper, Treasurers, Executive Director, and Board President. This committee is not recruiting volunteers at this time.
The Fund Development Committee has the responsibility of planning the overall fund raising efforts of the chapter in order to meet the financial goals established in the budget, or for any special circumstances. A few of our major fundraising campaigns include our Birdathon, Friends Memberships, and Fall Fund Appeal. If you have experience in fund raising, grant writing, membership, or advertising, you may be a great addition to this influential committee.
Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary Committee
The Silverwood Committee has many active members who are involved in supporting the programs, interpretive signs, docents, restoration, and inter-workings of this 785 acre sanctuary in Lakeside. This committee is currently not openly recruiting new members, but Silverwood always accepts volunteers to help with restoration, events, or one-time projects. To find out more about Silverwood, go here.
Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve Committee
The Anstine Committee is actively involved in the caretaking and programs of the 11 acre Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve in Vista. This beautiful property has an impressive amount of trails, education opportunities, and ongoing restoration that requires volunteer engagement. If you want to support this neighborhood sanctuary, get involved by joining their committee or volunteering! If a committee is too much of a time commitment for you, Anstine also accepts volunteers to help with restoration, events, or one-time projects. To find out more about Anstine, go here.