Conservation News

Please see our newsletter The Rail for the latest conservation news.

Petaluma Marsh Expansion Project. Photo by Jude Stalker.
Petaluma Marsh Expansion Project. Photo Jude Stalker

Why We Have a Conservation Committee

Chances are if you ask Marin Audubon members why they belong to such an organization, you will get more than one answer. Many of course are drawn to the fascinating field trips and programs that are a staple of our organization. But what else is there to being a member when you're not glued to a pair of binoculars?

What many people are unaware of is the work that must be done in order to protect and preserve our natural habitats for wildlife and human enjoyment. Maybe you have had the experience of driving or walking past a favorite spot only to be disappointed at the sight of bulldozers and "progress" at work. Maybe you shook your head and lamented about the inevitability of it all. If you have, then it is time to learn more about Marin Audubon's Conservation Committee.

Norton Avenue marsh. Photo by Jude Stalker.
Norton Avenue marsh. Photo Jude Stalker

What We Do

The Conservation Committee meets monthly and is open to all Audubon members. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about and weigh in on local, regional, state and federal matters that relate to the conservation of natural resources.

The Committee reviews development proposals and documents that have the potential to impact habitats, collects ideas and opinions, presents guest speakers, solicits legal advice and provides written and public comment at the appropriate times. In addition, the committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on potential acquisition sites and policies. An indispensable part of conservation is understanding the process that typically accompanies public decision making. To be an effective participant, it is important to be familiar with such things as public hearings, scoping sessions, EIR's, General Plans, zoning ordinances, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), environmental agencies and numerous other public entities.

Over the years, the Conservation Committee has brought together people with a broad range of interests, professions and expertise on a variety of issues. As a member, your voice will be added to an organization that has become an effective means of protecting habitat for native species.

Bahia levee breach. Photo by Jude Stalker.
Bahia levee breach. Photo Jude Stalker

How to Participate

The Conservation Committee meets one evening each month. If you are interested in plugging into the process, give one of our co-chairs a call or e-mail us for times and locations of our next meeting.

Barbara Salzman 415-924-6057 or
Phil Peterson 415-898-8400 or

Conservation Policies

Marin Audubon Society policies outline our position on several important environmental issues. Please click on the policy name to read the entire policy.

Conservation policies coming soon.

Bahia wetlands. Photo by Jude Stalker.
Bahia wetlands. Photo Jude Stalker

Reporting Problems on Public Lands

Marin Audubon encourages visitors to open space lands to report behavior they witness that is damaging the natural resources, habitat, wildlife, or to people. Problem behavior would include cyclists riding off trails, traveling at unsafe speed, or on trails not designated for their use; dogs off leash, harassing wildlife and/or on trails not designated for their use.

This list provides contact information for the public agencies that manage natural lands in Marin County. All of these agencies have policies or regulations protecting environmental resources and visitors.

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