Welcome to Marin Audubon Society
The Marin Audubon Society was established in 1956 as part of the effort to prevent development of houses on Richardson Bay tidelands. MAS provides its members and the public many opportunities to experience the birdlife and nature of Marin County and beyond through Field Trips and Events, our monthly MAS newsletter The Clapper Rail, and the annual Christmas Bird Counts. For a listing of many of our activities and events please check our Calendar.
The opportunity to permanently protect a critical parcel on the Corte Madera bayfront is at hand.
After 20 years of trying, Marin Audubon Society has an agreement to purchase this 5.2 acre former tidal marsh property. Once acquired, we will restore the property to tidal marsh, then donate it to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for long-term protection as part of the Corte Madera Ecological Reserve.
We need to raise the contract amount of $1,075,000 by January 31, 2015. If the property is not purchased now, it could be forever lost to development.
This parcel is critical, because it is surrounded on three sides by the Ecological Reserve tidal marsh, one of only a few marshes in the Bay that has never been diked. Such ancient marshes have more complex channel systems and vegetation than newer marshes and support greater diversity and numbers of wildlife. These rare and valuable characteristics will be protected, enhanced and expanded by this acquisition.
Community Marin: A Vision For Marin County. Policy recommendations for land use planning by Marin Audubon Society, Marin Baylands Advocates, Marin Conservation League, Sierra Club-Marin Group, Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, San Geronimo Valley Planning Group. January 2013. [8.5 MB PDF]
Vegetation Management in Terrestrial Edges of Tidal Marshes, Western San Francisco Estuary, California. Integrated Vegetation Management Strategies and Practical Guidelines for Local Stewardship Programs. Prepared by Peter R. Baye, Ph.D. Coastal Plant Ecologist Prepared for: Marin Audubon Society, Mill Valley, California (Barbara Salzman, Project Manager) with funding provided by San Francisco Bay Joint Venture [445 KB PDF]
Our Mission: To conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the Earth's biological diversity.
An extensive listing of birding and nature resources
The success of the Marin Audubon Society depends greatly on our Chapter-Only Members.
Consistent with its mission, the Marin Audubon Society has been acquiring properties in Marin County with restorable habitat value.
MAS offers many opportunities to meet fellow members and to support our environmental protection and conservation efforts.