About Us

Mission

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.

We:

  • 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.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Mt. Diablo Audubon Society’s Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:

Mt. Diablo Audubon Society is committed to the diversity of our community and the natural world. To this end, we cultivate and promote an environment that is inclusive, supportive and welcoming to all. We recognize that it is only through this commitment can we work to fulfill our mission of protecting birds and preserving their habitat while connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to them.

We intentionally choose to integrate Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging as a core value, priority, and guiding principle. Our aims are to create a welcoming, safe, and accessible birding and learning environment specifically for people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, Native peoples, and those who are underserved.

We believe birding is for everyone. Below are programs and resources that foster EDIB and are supported by MDAS. To get involved, please contact or join the MDAS EDIB Committee (see below).

MDAS EDIB Programs

EDIB Committee
The Mt. Diablo Audubon Society’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee was formed in 2022 after members of the MDAS board (Vice President and Program Chair Ariana Rickard, Conservation Chair Juan Pablo Galvan, and Education Chair Krista Vossekuil) participated in training offered by the National Audubon Society from June 2021 to January 2022. The Committee now includes five additional MDAS members. If you are interested in learning more or joining, or if you have ideas or stories please contact us. We would love to hear from you. The Committee is currently defining direction and goals.

Young Birders Club
Young Birders ClubThe purpose of the Mt. Diablo Audubon Society Young Birders Club is to give young people about 9-17 years old who like birds and the outdoors a chance to meet others their age with similar interests, while getting outside and, of course, seeing birds! We want participants to learn about birds and their habitats, come away with an appreciation of nature, develop birding skills, and most importantly, have fun! By doing that, we can get young birders thinking about how birding can contribute to science, protect birds and their habitats, and even be the start of a future career! Visit the Young Birders Club page for more information.

EDIB Resources

Birdability logoThrough education, outreach and advocacy, Birdability works to ensure the birding community and the outdoors are welcoming, inclusive, safe and accessible for everybody. We focus on people with mobility challenges, blindness or low vision, chronic illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental illness, and those who are neurodivergent, deaf or hard of hearing or who have other health concerns. In addition to current birders, we strive to introduce birding to people with disabilities and other health concerns who are not yet birders so they too can experience the joys of birding.

Feminist Bird Club logoThe Feminist Bird Club was founded by Molly Adams in 2016 as a way to leverage both their passion for birds and their passion for social justice into a cohesive whole. Since then, the Feminist Bird Club has expanded to chapters across North America and in the Netherlands.

National Audubon Society logoThe birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Leadership

Board of Directors

Click on names below to email.

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

Dec 06

MDAS Field Trip — The Sandhill Cranes of Staten Island, plus Cosumnes Preserve

DECEMBER 6 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

NEW TRIP! The Sandhill Cranes of Staten Island, plus Cosumnes Preserve Tuesday, December 6th, 9 AM-1 PM Staten Island is an excellent area to see Sandhill Cranes, and Cosumnes Preserve provides habitat for more than 200 species of birds. We will meet and coordinate cars at the Walnut Grove Elementary School. From there, our trip […]

Dec 08

MDAS Field Trip — American Canyon Wetlands

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

American Canyon Wetlands Thursday, December 8, 8AM-Noon A walk out to the wetlands, ponds and sloughs along the Napa River produces many exciting birding opportunities. We expect plenty of waterfowl, raptors, waders, shorebirds and passerines. It can be quite cold in this area, so bring appropriate warm layers. Availability of rest rooms is uncertain. Rating: […]

Dec 10

MDAS Field Trip — Solano County Raptors

DECEMBER 10 @ 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Solano County Raptors Saturday, December 10, 9:30 am to mid-afternoon This trip features wintering birds on the edge of the Central Valley. Ferruginous Hawks and Rough-legged Hawks are special targets, and Prairie Falcon and Burrowing Owls are possible. Grassland birds and blackbirds, and ducks and shorebirds at Jepson Prairie (if there is water), where we […]

Dec 14

2022 East Contra Costa Christmas Bird Count

DECEMBER 14

The 23rd Annual East-County count will be held Wednesday, December 14. Again, you can participate by being part of a group in the field, or by doing a count at your property if it is within the East-County Count Circle. If you’d like to participate, please send an email to . The countdown event for this one is again virtual, at 7 PM […]