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President’s Annual Appeal for 2017

November 12, 2017

Photo: Grace Murayama 7-23-17

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.”

These efforts are of increasing importance in view of the decreasing support for environmental issues coming from the Federal Administration

You can DONATE four different ways:

  • With the self-addressed envelope enclosed with the annual appeal letter (sent to those already on our membership rolls)
  • Send a check to our mailing address: SMBAS, PO Box 35, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
  • With PayPal using the PayPal Widget located on the right side bar of the blog
  • With a Credit Card using the same 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.

Please take a minute to read the annual appeal letter below and see what we have been doing this year.

Thank you,

Adrian Douglas

Thank you for your enthusiasm for Santa Monica Bay Audubon. Your support has allowed our all-volunteer group to accomplish a lot in the past year.   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.

Unlike many other organizations, this is our only fund-raising effort.

  • 2017 saw the establishment of breeding Snowy Plovers (a Threatened species) and Least Terns (an Endangered species) at Malibu Lagoon for the first time in 70 years. These exciting events have been closely monitored by us.  Continued support for this effort into subsequent years is imperative in collaboration with State, Federal, and local agencies.  We continue our monthly Snowy Plover counts at Malibu Lagoon, Santa Monica Beach, and Zuma Beach.  Check out our new Snowy Plover page and slideshow on the blog.
  • To support the Snowy Plovers, we help fund the cost of fencing at Santa Monica beach and a plover/tern volunteer coordinator for Los Angeles County.
  • 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,, you will always be on top of upcoming trips and meetings. 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; locations vary, so keep in touch via the BLOG or or Twitter at
  • 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 Santa Monica College, UCLA and Loyola Marymount students,
  • 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 send 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.

If you wish to receive or continue to receive our bi-monthly, single sheet paper news update/calendar, please indicate on the enclosed remittance envelope.  (You need not donate to receive the print version.).

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

  1. Virve Leps permalink
    November 12, 2017 8:33 pm

    Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society:

    Please e-mail to me the address to which I can mail my donation, or send me one of the donation envelopes. I do not see your address in your annual appeal e-mail, and I have not received your envelope by mail. I am on your e-mail list, but I guess I am not on your U.S. mail list. I prefere to make a donation by check.

    Thank you, Virve Leps 3125 Greenfield Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90034



    • Chukar permalink*
      November 13, 2017 1:44 pm

      Dear Virve:

      The mailing address for donations is:
      SMBAS, PO Box 35,
      Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

      This address, while not mentioned in the blog posting email (an oversight which will be remedied in the future), is always displayed on the right side of our blog page, immediately under DONATE OR JOIN-By Check. You can also use Pay Pal or a credit card via the button on the blog site.

      The mailing with a return envelope enclosed was sent out last week and – if you are on our mailing list – should arrive at your home at any moment, hand delivered by a Government Agent. It’s quite possible you aren’t on the list.
      Many thanks for your support!
      Chuck Almdale


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