The mission of the San Diego Audubon Society (SDAS) is to foster the protection and appreciation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, through education and study, and advocate for a cleaner, healthier environment. Current organization goals, as outlined in our strategic plan, include:
- Strengthening and expanding our conservation programs to better protect our region’s wildlife and habitat;
- Increasing our community’s understanding and appreciation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats; and
- Enhancing the sustainability of SDAS through increased staffing levels, membership, volunteerism, collaboration with other organizations, and fundraising.
Originally founded in 1948, SDAS has served the region for over 60 years. We serve a diverse population, with community-based habitat restoration projects, environmental education programs, and recreational offerings in North County, Metro, East County, and South Bay communities. Programs include conservation, education, recreation, and sanctuary operations.
Accomplishments of note include the establishment of two wildlife sanctuaries owned and operated by SDAS and nonprofit leadership in the establishment of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This fiscal year, SDAS will host 25 habitat maintenance/restoration volunteer events, engage several hundred volunteers in restoration efforts, and generate over 3,000 hours of volunteer labor toward improving habitat for wildlife in San Diego County.
The SDAS Board of Directors is a
working board who as a group donate more than 3,000 volunteer hours per year to the operation and oversight of many SDAS programs and projects. Every board member is also an active financial contributor and assists staff in identifying and cultivating relationships with potential funders and collaborators.