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President’s Annual Appeal for 2016

November 8, 2016
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It is again that time of year when we ask our fellow members and friends for their support. Remember, this is our only fund raising effort. Your help allows our all-volunteer group to accomplish much each year. Your donations are used to further our mission “to be a center for wildlife education, habitat protection, and conservation issues that involve birds.”

You can DONATE using either the self-addressed envelope enclosed with the annual appeal letter, or with the PayPal Widget located on the right side bar of the blog.  You do not have to join PayPal to donate, just have your credit card “standing by.” Please take a moment and make a donation today.

We continue our strong backing of all things bird, habitat, native plants, the environment and conservation through education, field trips, bird monitoring, speakers and grants to students and conservation groups.

  • Our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks (fourth Sunday, 8:30 a.m.) and our special family walks (same day) at 10 a.m. continue to be popular and productive. We offer a different field trip on the second Saturday of the month. A complete field trip calendar is enclosed, please verify times and locations before you venture out to join us, phone numbers are provided.  By signing up to receive email notifications via our BLOG, smbasblog.com, you will always be on top of upcoming trips and meeting. These trips are rich in experiences for the beginning birder as well as the experienced.
  • In February, we will again offer the very popular field class designed to improve birding skills of beginning and intermediate birders, and to learn the birds of the Los Angeles region.
  • Our evening speaker programs are diverse and insightful. They are held the first Tuesday of October through May, except January. We meet in Santa Monica; the location may vary, so keep in touch via the BLOG or http://www.facebook.com/SantaMonicaAudubon/ or Twitter at http://twitter.com/SMBAudubon.
  • We continue our support of the Student Conservation Association which provides hands-on conservation service and training in the Santa Monica Mountains and/or Butterbredt Spring area, the site of our annual Christmas Count. We also support Friends of Big Morongo, American Bird Conservancy, and Birder’s Exchange.
  • For the Audubon Education Program at the Ballona Wetlands, we funded ten bus scholarships to help elementary school students come to Ballona Wetlands for field trips that – for many – is their first glimpse of a natural area.
  • We offer research grants to UCLA and Loyola Marymount students,
  • We continue our monthly Snowy Plover counts at Malibu Lagoon, Santa Monica Beach, and Zuma Beach
  • We have greatly increased our presence on social media. Please check us out on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Check out our new Snowy Plover page and slideshow on the blog. Follow the occasional blogs about local PhD students at Loyola Marymount and UCLA and their projects and impacts on the bay and birds.
  • We make presentations to area schools on local birds. We also are teaching a group of middle school students in the Young Birders Club to monitor and survey Malibu Lagoon, which includes learning about sandy beach ecology and how it impacts birds
  • We will send two representatives to the Audubon California Assembly and the annual Rangewide Snowy Plover Conference.

This is your chapter and we hope you will join us in many of these activities.  We welcome your input to this diverse program of events and are looking for new board members if you have a couple of hours a month open.

Please remember all contributions are fully tax deductible and will be used exclusively in direct support of our programs.  We hope you will consider the solid positive impact of our group and make a contribution.

The members of the Board of Directors thank you…and the birds thank you.

Adrian Douglas
President

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