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Conservation Program
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Mission Statement:
Sea & Sage Audubon Society is an Orange County chapter of National Audubon Society, dedicated to the protection and appreciation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats through, education, conservation, scientific research, and volunteer opportunities. Through the Conservation Committee, we promote responsible participation in public policy, support of open spaces, parks, and natural resource management, in order to achieve balanced and environmentally sound ecosystems and communities.
1. Activist involvement with government entities and private business to protect, improve and maintain natural ecosystems. This may include involvement in reviewing public documents, petitioning public officials and speaking out on environmental issue
2. Labor equity involvement with members and other concerned citizens to physically work on projects that protect, improve and maintain natural ecosystems. This may include park cleanups, revegetating a critical area, or monitoring wildlife activity. These activities require a committee that is knowledgeable about environmental issues and should have the ability to investigate and study issues dealing with degradation, enhancement and perpetuation of natural ecosystems and wildlife.  The committee should interface with experts in the field to improve the ability to assess the long-term impact of natural resource degradation; formulate and direct programs and specific projects that might mitigate these issues and work with other conservation groups to achieve these goals.

4th Tuesday Conservation Lectures
Our 4th Tuesday Conservation Lectures are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month. The lectures will be held in the Learning Center (big gray building) at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. Doors open at 7:00 PM for snacks and social. Evening program begins at 7:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you on there.
The next Conservation Lecture will be on Tuesday, February 27
Conservation Committee meetings:
The Conservation Committee meetings are held the 1st Tuesday evening of the month at 6:30 PM. New members are always welcome! 


Science Committee:
The Science Committee solicits grant proposals for small projects or pieces of projects, typically for amounts of up to about $2500. Sea and Sage Audubon has funding for these projects, and is seeking suitable grant proposals from all sources. Typically, such projects are associated with local universities or junior colleges, though we'd consider a grant proposal from any source. We have a team of science experts ready to review the grant proposals and select from the worthiest among them, and this advisory team includes scientists of the highest caliber to be found in Orange County.
2017 Bloom-Hayes Ecological Research Grant
2016 Bloom-Hayes Ecological Research Grants - Awarded

2017 Fern Zimmerman Conservation Award:
Each year, since 1967, the Conservation Committee has presented Letters of Commendation and the Fern Zimmerman Conservation Award to individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the protection of habitats, natural resources, birds and wildlife in Orange County. This year, we are pleased to honor the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy
Who is Fern Zimmerman?

Fern Zimmerman was one of Sea and Sage's all-time most inspirational and enthusiastic members. Fern was a true conservationist, grass roots organizer, and chapter leader who contributed much to the development of Sea and Sage Audubon Society. She helped us find our voice in the world of environmental advocacy and bird identification. 

Many of the chapter's early Conservation Committee Meetings were organized by Fern and held in her living room. Fern was a constant source of optimism about our ability to effect change in our environment, especially in the protection of open spaces. 

Sea and Sage named its conservation award the Fern Zimmerman Conservation Award in 1997, shortly after Fern's death, to honor one of our most cherished members and conservationists.


This year, we are pleased to honor the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy in recognition of its dedication and success in the acquisition, restoration, and continued maintenance of wetlands in Huntington Beach, as well as for important ongoing education and outreach on behalf of wetlands.

The Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy (HBWC) was formed in 1985 to acquire and restore the wetlands in Huntington Beach. They seek to protect and restore the wetlands along Pacific Coast Highway from the Santa Ana River to Beach Boulevard.  They have done well, having at this point, acquired and restored Talbert Marsh, Brookhurst Marsh, and Magnolia Marsh, and are currently working with CalTrans to acquire Newland Marsh.  

The HBWC established and operates its own nursery to grow the native plants needed to restore these local marshes. In 2016, HBWC opened an Interpretive Center at the Pacific Coast Highway and Newland, with beautiful displays on the importance and function of wetlands and current concerns. HBWC conducts ongoing education and public outreach from the Interpretive Center and provides tours of the Center and the adjacent Magnolia Marsh, as well as the Wildlife Care Center.

Thank you, Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy, for preserving this valuable natural resource and helping us to understand its importance!


Letters of Commentation were presented to:
columnist for the LA times, for investigating and reporting on coastal issues, including a series on the threats to natural habitats up and down the coast of California and the work of the California Coastal Commission.

JOEL WEINTRAUB and BOB ALLEN for their contributions to conservation through their thoughtful management and shaping of the OrangeCountyBirding listserv, a service which fosters interest in birds and keeps interested birders informed. We comment Joel and Bob for including processes in the system to protect the location of sensitive birds and sensitive nests. Joel and Bob created the listserv in 2000 and maintained it until 2016.


Environmental Volunteer Opportunities
A list of environmental opportunities for volunteers in Orange County
California Coastal Cleanup Day

Local Conservation Projects
Tree Trimming: Tree Trimming brochure (2013 ed.) and Tree Trimming Packet
Native Plant Nurseries & Websites
Bolsa Chica
Coyote Hills

Research Projects
BirdSeasons CA at the Marsh Urban Nesting Raptors
Least Tern Project Find Banded Hawks
SJWS Nestbox Study Nesting White-tailed Kite Study
Turkey Vultures O.C. Snowy Plover Survey
2018 Bloom-Hayes Ecological Research Grant 2017 Bloom-Hayes Ecological Research Grants - Awarded

Conservation Topics - food for thought
The Trouble with Turbines: an ill wind

Contacting Your Legislators
Advocacy Skills Workshop - Oct. 14
Find your Orange County officials
Find your State officials
Find your Federal officials

Links to Other Conservation Organizations
Endangered Habitats League
Cavity Conservation Initiative CCI BrochureA Quick Guide to Selecting Wildlife Trees
updated Feb. 24, 2018



Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963