Often the most effective and rewarding conservation work happens when groups with shared values combine their efforts toward common goals. In a very generous form of collaboration, Mount Diablo Audubon Society and its members recently made an unrestricted $500 donation to our CNPS East Bay Chapter in support of our work. This is the second year Mount Diablo Audubon has made a generous financial contribution to our chapter. We are deeply grateful for these donations and for the ongoing collaboration between our two organizations.
Mount Diablo Audubon Society, which focuses its work in Contra Costa County, is committed to the sustainable balance of our community’s people, birds, other wildlife, and habitats through conservation, education, and advocacy. There’s a great deal of intersection between Mount Diablo Audubon’s mission and ours, and we have collaborated on a number of important environmental projects over the years. Currently, both Mount Diablo Audubon and CNPS East Bay are working with a coalition of public agencies, public officials, and community organizations to preserve the biologically diverse Tesla property southeast of Livermore as non-motorized parkland.
Many Mount Diablo Audubon Society members are also CNPS East Bay Chapter members, and as Mount Diablo Audubon’s Community Science Advisory Board member Alan Bade says, “Healthy native plant habitat is vital to birds.” In addition to supporting community organizations with similar goals, Mount Diablo Audubon sponsors popular and well-attended projects that engage the public in native plant restoration in Contra Costa County. The organization takes an active role in local environmental activities and issues; observes, collects, and reports information concerning the status of birds, other wildlife, and habitat; sponsors educational activities to promote environmental knowledge with a special emphasis on youth; and enhances public appreciation of the natural world with an emphasis on birds. You can learn more about Mount Diablo Audubon’s mission and activities on its website and its Facebook and Meetup pages.
We thank Mount Diablo Audubon Society for its generous gift to CNPS East Bay, as well as for its stellar conservation, education, and advocacy work. We look forward to continuing our productive collaboration on causes of importance to both of our organizations and our shared community.
—Sue Rosenthal, Bay Leaf Editor, CNPS East Bay Chapter