Recent hurricanes, strengthened by a warmer climate, have pummeled the East Coast, scattering migrating birds and fleeing humans alike. Due to our different tidal morphologies, our situation on the West Coast is not as dire; however, we are still projected to lose all of our current tidal wetlands to rising seas by 2100. The loss of these habitats means less protection for coastal communities and fewer essential habitats for wildlife. In the San Francisco Bay, numerous agencies, including SFBBO, are working together to try to identify and create new habitats to mitigate and plan for rising seas in an effort to protect both birds and humans.
Legislative successes, such as the recent passage of Measure AA in the SF Bay, help partially pay for these large conservation and restoration programs. While SFBBO has received funding from various governmental sources to work on integral aspects of this work, these contracts do not cover our complete operational costs. Your donation is needed to help us support our administrative staff and update our aging vehicles and infrastructure so that we can continue our important work.
Science continues to be the top priority for SFBBO, to ensure that our habitats and avian science programs provide important and tangible benefits for the health of our Bay and birds along the Pacific Flyway. Since ecologist David Thomson joined SFBBO to create our Habitats Restoration program, our scientists have planted many acres of important upland transitional habitat, which hosts the endangered Ridgeway’s rail as well as many other sensitive species.
While developing these habitats, our biologists are also researching methods to better survey and evaluate restoration effectiveness. In addition, SFBBO biologists created a Decision Support System, which helps Bay Area decision makers prioritize tidal marsh areas for conservation across the Bay.
In recent years, we have also expanded the scope of our educational and outreach programs with a concerted effort to connect underserved communities (e.g., veterans and kids from minority-serving schools) to local nature resources. These programs are primarily supported through donations; please consider making a generous year-end donation today!
As 2019 approaches, I look forward to expanding our endangered species research on Western Snowy Plovers and California Least Terns, pursuing more collaborations with regional agencies and non-profits, and adding more acres of important bird habitat. In addition, we will be pursuing new grants to bring more middle school kids out to our field station and develop Spanish language activities.
Our Year End fundraising goal is to raise $15,000 by December 31st. Please make a donation to SFBBO today to support our programs protecting important Bay Habitats in 2019.
Every year, I am always impressed by the generosity of our donors and the ingenuity of our staff. I hope you will visit me or my staff at one of our many outreach events, attend a demo, or volunteer on a research project soon. Thank you again for your generosity and concern for birds!
Executive Director Yiwei Wang