VAS has no shortage of opportunities to volunteer. If you care about birds
and habitat protection, your help is needed. Volunteering is rewarding — especially
when you see that your efforts make a difference, and Ventura Audubon IS making
a difference! Join us by contacting through email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
but before you do please take the survey below to determine your interests so
we can best direct your name to the most appropriate contact. Your survey response
will be forwarded to our Conservation Chair. In responding to the survey be sure to
leave your contact number. Thank you for your interest in the natural world.
Here is the link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z6NQR8F
Volunteer Naturalist (Docent) – Educate and inform visitors to area beaches
as part of the Shorebird Recovery Project. Inform them about the natural history
of western snowy plovers and California least terns and what is done to curtail
disturbance on beaches where these species nest.
This opportunity requires three hours of classroom training and one hour of field training. Commit to spending 2-hours per week during the nesting season (March through August) at one of the following Ventura beaches. San Buenaventura State Beach, McGrath State Beach, Mandalay State Beach, Hollywood Beach or Ormond Beach (Arnold Road). We actually need volunteers (with or without training) to staff the Arnold Road entrance to Ormond Beach every Saturday afternoon from noon to 3:00 pm.
Education – Help students (mostly elementary and middle school, but also high school and community college) learn about birds and their habitat in classrooms or on field trips to area beaches, Hedrick Ranch Nature Area and other locations. Assist teachers with Audubon Adventures in Grades 3 – 8 classrooms.
Field Trip Leader – Lead scheduled weekend (usually Saturday morning) and some early week field trips to local birding sites, helping attendees spot and identify birds. Some knowledge of birds is necessary but, being an expert birder isn’t.
Conservation –Join the conservation team to help monitor governmental agencies, especially those with planning and approval authority to identify projects or actions that might threaten birds or their habitat. Monitor agendas and attend city council, board of supervisors or agency meetings when controversial projects or broad planning actions such as General Plan amendments and revisions to Local Coastal Plans are on the agenda and help advocate for birds and conservation.
Restoration – Assist with ongoing restoration efforts at Hedrick Ranch Nature Area and adjacent properties on the Santa Clara River owned by The Nature Conservancy. Join Ventura Hillsides Conservancy’s efforts to remove invasive plants and restore native plants along the Ventura River which supports our efforts to restore populations of least Bell’s vireo on the river. Other organizations have restoration projects at the Ventura water treatment plant, on the Channel Islands and elsewhere, all of which help birds and wildlife.
Communication – Help spread Audubon’s conservation and preservation message including the threat to birds presented by climate change by writing articles for our newsletter, letters to the editor and other publications. Help develop PowerPoint presentations that tell Audubon’s story for presentation to service clubs, church groups and other similar organizations.
Outreach – Help diversify and expand Ventura Audubon’s membership via outreach to demographic groups typically not seen at Audubon events including high school and college students, young adults (millennials!) and people of color.
Citizen Science – Participate in the Christmas Bird Count (there are several in the Central Coast area), Great Backyard Bird Count, Brown Pelican Survey and other similar projects sponsored by Audubon, USFWS, National Park Service and other organizations.