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Get Involved with Sea & Sage Audubon!

Do You Just Belong?
Are you an active member,
The kind that would be missed?
Or are you just contented
That your name is on the list?
Do you attend the meetings
And mingle with the flock?
Or do you like to stay at home,
Then criticize, and knock?
Do you take an active part
To help the work along?
Or are you satisfied to be
The kind that just belongs?
Do you work on the committees
To see there is no trick?
Or leave the work to just a few
And talk about the clique?
Come to meetings often
And help with hand and heart.
Don't be "just a member . . . ."
Please, take an active part!
Really think this over.
You know right from wrong.
Are YOU an active member?
Or do you just belong?

We hope you will join us in some of our chapter activities - 
  •  Attend a meeting and introduce yourself to us
  •  Go on one of the many birding field trips.
  •  Come to our Annual Dinner in March.
  •  Join us at the Summer Barbecue in July.
  •  Come to our Pancake Breakfast in October.
  •  Volunteer to help at Audubon House.
  •  If you enjoy working with children, sign up to be a Volunteer Naturalist.
  •  Attend a Conservation meeting.
  •  Volunteer to help with a chapter exhibit.
  •  If you are new to the chapter, introduce yourself so that we'll get to know you better.

  • If you've already attended several of our activities, volunteer to take a more active part.
    We look forward to meeting you!
    Here are some specific ways you can get involved with Sea & Sage:
    1.  Become a new Volunteer Naturalist. (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings)
    SIGN UP NOW for Naturalist Training
    Sea & Sage Audubon is seeking volunteers for its exciting, hands-on nature program for 4th - 6th grade students at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.  Benefits of being a naturalist include making children's contact with nature positive and meaningful, working outdoors in a beautiful habitat, increasing your knowledge about birds and the wetland ecosystem, meeting new people, making new friends, and being part of a highly praised education project.  YOU can be a part of all this.  To register, contact Trude Hurd, Project Director of Education by email at  or contact her by phone at 949-261-7964. Information on our Audubon Naturalist Program
    2.  Help with the Annual Pancake Breakfast on the last Saturday in October.
    Helpers are needed to lead bird walks, help with set up and clean up, and help in other ways. Contact Mary Joseph, chairman for this event, at  . Information on our Pancake Breakfast event
    3.  Help with the Taxidermy.
    Help with the quarterly dusting of mounted specimens.
    Call Trude  Hurd at (949) 261-7964  or contact her by e-mail at 
    4.  Help with Computer Projects.
    Help develop flyers and summaries about our various educational activities.
    Call Trude  Hurd at (949) 261-7964  or contact her by e-mail at 
    1.  Help at Audubon House.
    Contact:  Ana Rubyn at  or call Audubon House at (949) 261-7963. Information on Audubon House
    2.  Help with the Summer Barbecue on the last Saturday in July.
    Helpers are needed to lead late afternoon or evening bird walks, help with set up or clean up, and help in other ways.  Contact Nancy Kenyon, a member of the BBQ planning committee, at  . Information about our Summer BBQ
    3.  Help with the Annual Pancake Breakfast on the last Saturday in October.
    Helpers are needed to lead bird walks, help with set up and clean up, and help in other ways. Contact Mary Joseph, chairman for this event, at  . Information about out Pancake Breakfast
    4.  Help Monitor Tree Swallow Nest Boxes.
    Count eggs and chicks in the nest boxes at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.
    Contact  Christine Tischer, Nest Box Coordinator for this program, at 
    Information about the Tree Swallow Nest Box program
    5.  Nature Shop at Audubon House.
    Help with the monthly inventory.
    Contact Debby Thyssen, Sales Manager for the Audubon House bookstore, at 
    6.  Community Presentations.
    Help with the Chapter Slide Shows, Exhibits, Power Point Programs.
    Contact President, Vic Leipzig at
    7.  Provide Expert Advice.
    Carpentry, Financial, Computer, other. Contact President,Vic Leipzig at
    1.  Help the nesting Snowy Plovers & the Least Terns at the mouth of the Santa Ana River at Huntington Beach State Beach.
    Volunteers are needed to help with a project involving a small group of Snowy Plovers and a larger group of Least Terns which nest at the mouth of the Santa Ana River.  We need help not only to monitor  the nesting birds, but also to help educate the beach goers so that they stay away from the nesting area.  Please email Cheryl Egger at   if you are interested in helping. Information about these programs
    2.  Help Monitor Urban Nesting Raptors
    Volunteers are needed to monitoring hawks which nest in urban areas within the county. 
    Information about the Urban Nesting Raptor Program and how you can help
    3.  Take part in one of our chapter's Bird Research Programs.
    Information on our Bird Research Programs
    4. Help lead a Bird Walk at one of our county regional parks.
    We currently have monthly or alternate monthly bird walks at Santiago Oaks Reg. Park, Irvine Reg. Park, Riley Wilderness Park, Caspers Wilderness Park, Laguna Niguel Reg. Park, and Carbon Canyon Reg. Park. Contact Field Trip Chair, Nancy Kenyon, if you are interested in helping with this project.
    5.  Take part in Environmental Volunteer Opportunities in other areas of Orange County.  Information on Environmental Volunteer Opportunties
    6.  Birders' Exchange
    Within the constellation of organizations and programs striving to provide the scientific, financial, and community requirements for hemispheric bird conservation, Birders' Exchange occupies a crucial niche.  Run cooperatively by ABA (the American Birding Association) and the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, Birders' Exchange accepts donations of used but still useable birding equipment for distribution to research and education organizations in the Neotropics.  Optics, books, and other supplies are carried to their destination by volunteer couriers.  The idea is stunning in its simplicity:  equipment that might otherwise gather dust on a shelf goes instead to where it can further the efforts of dedicated - but poorly funded and ill equipped - teachers, ornithologists, and conservation workers in Mexico and Central and South America.

    Creative partnerships are the key to conserving migratory and resident birds in the Neotropics.  And the efficient and carefully targeted efforts of Birders' Exchange can supply a vital piece to the puzzle.  If you can support Birders' Exchange with a donation of books, equipment, or money, or if you can serve as a volunteer courier, please contact the ABA Birders Exchange at: http://aba.org/bex/2014/birders-exchange-has-a-new-home/

    updated 9/9/15

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