About Us


Mt. Diablo Audubon Society is committed to the sustainable balance of our community’s people, birds, other wildlife, and habitat through conservation, education, and advocacy.


  • Ensure a high degree of habitat diversity and preservation through an active role in local environmental activities and issues.
  • Observe, collect, and report information concerning the status of birds, other wildlife, and habitat.
  • Support community organizations with similar goals.
  • Sponsor educational activities to promote environmental knowledge with a special focus on youth.
  • Enhance public appreciation of the natural world with an emphasis on birds.


Board of Directors

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President Jerry Britten
Vice-President Ariana Rickard
Secretary Carol Pachl
Treasurer Steve Buffi
Conservation Juan Pablo Galván
Education Krista Vossekuil
Field Trips Matt Tarlach
Membership Rochelle Fortier
Program Coordinator Ariana Rickard
Publicity and Social Media Rosalie Howarth
The Quail Editor Position Vacant
Sales Manager Rosemary Nishikawa
Young Birders Club Juan Pablo Galván
Board Member-at-Large Alan Bade
Board Member-at-Large Mike Eliot
Board Member-at-Large Alyssa Retodo


Advisory Positions

Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Jerry Britten
Community Science Alan Bade
East Bay Birding Email Groups Jerry Britten
Hospitality Kathy Kellogg
Outreach Coordinator Position Vacant
Web Editor Alyssa Retodo

Board Meetings

MDAS Board Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of every month, at 6:45 PM via web-meeting. Members are welcome to sit in. Please contact a Board member to obtain meeting credentials.


Volunteer Openings

MDAS has the following positions available for anyone with an interest in supporting our mission of Connecting People with Birds.

The Quail Editor is responsible for the publication of the monthly chapter email newsletter. This is an MDAS Board position.

Duties include setting up content schedules, reaching out to persons inside and outside of the chapter for content, familiarity with Mailchimp or other online newsletter platforms, familiarity with basic HTML, and working with the MDAS Membership Chair to maintain the list of subscribers. MDAS publishes nine issues of The Quail newsletter each year. Training on Mailchimp will be provided.

Outreach Coordinator is responsible for coordinating volunteers to staff MDAS booths and tables, etc at local festivals and other public events at which MDAS has a presence. This can be an Advisory or a  Board position.

If you or someone you know is interested in any of these positions, please send an email to MDAS President Jerry Britten at .


Upcoming Events

Oct 05

MDAS Field Trip — Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary

OCTOBER 5 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary, Alameda Wednesday October 5, 9am – 1pm A visit to the Alameda shoreline as the tide rises should produce good views of shorebirds. A viewing platform and trails will give us excellent opportunities to study these birds at close range. We may drive to other nearby locations for additional birding. Hike Rating:  Category 1 – Easy […]

Oct 06

Monthly Program: October 2022

OCTOBER 6 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Birding Information: MDAS President Jerry Britten will present highlights of his summer Alaskan birding trip to the High Arctic Tundra and the Anchorage area. Main Program: Gardening for Birds with California Native Plants Eddie Bartley and Noreen Weeden You can have a beautiful native plant garden that attracts amazing birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Learn […]

Oct 08

MDAS/SMD Field Trip—Curry Canyon

OCTOBER 8 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Mount Diablo Audubon Society and Save Mount Diablo are partnering up for a hike on Save Mount Diablo’s gorgeous Curry Canyon Ranch. This portion of Curry Canyon Ranch showcases beautiful rangeland ecosystems and valley oak and riparian habitat. We’ll be looking for fall migrants, arriving wintering birds, and raptors. You might even see a golden […]

Oct 15

MDAS Field Trip — Five Brooks & Bear Valley

OCTOBER 15 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Five Brooks/Bear Valley, West Marin County Saturday October 15, 9:00am – 1pm This trip visits two inland areas near Point Reyes, environments of trees and meadows that are miles from the windswept dunes. Five Brooks is a reliable location for California Quail. All sorts of interesting birds show up around the pond at Five Brooks: […]