WESTERN CUYAHOGA AUDUBON SOCIETY

Connecting People to Nature

aka WESTERN CUYAHOGA AUDUBON SOCIETY   |   Cleveland, OH   |  www.wcaudubon.org

Mission

Our vision is to encourage awareness and appreciation of the natural world in the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. The mission of Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society is to educate the public about conservation of the natural world through member involvement in chapter activities and community outreach. ​Our chapter goals and actions support: Promoting the Rocky River watershed as a natural habitat and Important Bird Area by encouraging more members to bird there. Increasing chapter-generated membership growth by 100 or more by conducting membership drives and encouraging current members to give gifts of memberships to people in our area. Increasing member involvement by providing educational, interesting and fun programs, field trips and other events.

Ruling year info

1990

Board Members

Board Run

Treasurer

Nancy J Howell

Main address

4310 Bush Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44109 USA

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EIN

34-1522665

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The greatest need is to connect with like-minded conservation leaders and their organizations, communicate with the public about conservation education, and identify new opportunities to collaborate with individuals and partners to advance bird and habitat conservation awareness. To do this, WCAS has invested in and pursues donations to fund it's platform technologies and content marketing skilled labor to amplify chapter conservation activities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Speaker Series

Speaker programs at the Rocky River Nature Center on the first Tuesday of each month from September through May. Our programs cover many different aspects of natural science. Watch for program descriptions in the Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace. These programs are free and open to the public.

Population(s) Served

Field trips with knowledgeable leaders on a variety of conservation subjects, from bird walks to water treatment plants.

Population(s) Served

Annual Christmas Bird Count, Christmas potluck dinner and silent auction.

Population(s) Served

Sale of shade-grown coffee at our monthly membership meetings. This protects habitat for migratory birds on their wintering grounds in South and Latin America.

Population(s) Served

Annual participation in the Zoo Nature Club. Each year, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo partners with Cleveland Metropolitan School District and WC Audubon to provide an
underserved school on the west side of Cleveland with nature opportunities.

Population(s) Served

Community partner and annual participant in the selection of a film at the Cleveland International Film Festival.

Population(s) Served

WCAS Conservation Project Labs bring small groups of like-minded people together to build fun, mission-driven conservation projects that provide local solutions to climate change and raise important donation dollars to support chapter activities. Labs are scheduled once a month, or more frequently, and are open to the public.

Population(s) Served

Urban Birding Cleveland (UBC) is an initiative to engage and educate people about urban birding in their neighborhoods.
Our goal is to increase the number and diversity of the guardians of nature in Cleveland.
This project enables us to address larger conservation issues, such as destruction of bird-friendly habitat, coast erosion, and plastic and chemical pollution in rivers and streams flowing into Lake Erie - not just birding as an end in itself. We attract more interest in joining our local chapter, WCAS, and bring awareness of the good that National Audubon Society (NAS) does. We promote stewardship of urban natural resources through birding and contribute to green space initiatives, community engagement, youth programs, and urban renewal/community revitalization efforts.
Through a series of programs and events, UBC uses birding in our urban environment, to showcase how important natural spaces are for community health and well-being.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who attended conservation programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Speaker Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of people who attended the annual speaker series, bird walks, and field trips focused on birds and habitat.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our single goal is to educate the public about the importance of preserving habitat for the benefit of birds and people. Our motto is “connect, educate, and conserve. We are a conservation organization, but people know us as a birding organization because our namesake is nineteenth-century naturalist John James Audubon.

In order to accomplish our goal, we educate the public through four strategies: chapter activities, community outreach, citizen science, and board member recruitment. Here is a list of objectives we pursue to accomplish these strategies:

> Speaker programs at the Rocky River Nature Center on the first Tuesday of each month from September through May covering different aspects of natural science, free and open to the public. Consult the Cleveland Metroparks Emerald Necklace and wcaudubon.org.
> Field trips with knowledgeable leaders on a variety of conservation subjects, from bird walks to water treatment plants.
> Our newsletter, The Feathered Flyer, and website www.wcaudubon.org, containing information on all of our activities.
> Annual Christmas Bird Count, ending with a potluck dinner and silent auction.
> Sale of shade-grown coffee at our monthly membership meetings. This protects habitat for migratory birds in South and Latin America.
> Participation as judges in the Northeast Ohio Science and Engineering Fair.
> Community outreach programs associated with the natural world.
> Community partner with the Cleveland International Film Festival.
> Annual participation in the Zoo Nature Club to provide an underserved school on the west side of Cleveland with nature opportunities.
> Participation in the year-round Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve bird surveys.
> In 2006, Western Cuyahoga Audubon began conducting surveys to collect data on bird populations in the Rocky River Important Bird Area (East Branch). This is a tract of land that the National Audubon Society designated as critical habitat for birds. Cleveland Metroparks works to acquire private property along the East Branch between North Royalton and Hinckley in order to create contiguous parkland around Greater Cleveland. Our on-going bird surveys and letters of support serve to bolster their funding efforts to purchase this property.
> Our chapter supports public policy issues, such as the need to restore the renewable energy standard in Ohio.
> We conduct discussions on climate change in order to raise everyone's level of consciousness about the need to protect our planet.
> Western Cuyahoga Audubon promotes alternative sources of energy to burning fossil fuel, such as solar power and the proper sighting of wind turbines.
>Western Cuyahoga Audubon educates and provides information to the public to support and encourage well-informed decision-making.

We have a seasoned board of ten members who share the load of administrative duties that keep the organization going. We also have 100 Chapter Supporters who pay dues that WCAS keeps to defray the cost of our activities. We have a website, newsletter, and trifold (https://goo.gl/hwpGj1) that inform the public of our organization.

We have made WCAS a popular conservation and birding organization in Northeast Ohio.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WESTERN CUYAHOGA AUDUBON SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Board Run

Mary Anne Romito

Mary Anne Romito Financial Services

Kurt Miske

All Kinds of Signs

Nancy Howell

Museum Educator

Tom Romito

Retired

Michelle Brosius

Key Bank Corp

Gloria Ferris

Community Organizer

Bruce Missig

Self-Employed

Kaoru Tsubone

ales Representative in U.S. at Stream Trail Japan

Amanda Sebrosky

Chimney Swift Conservation Society, Founder

Lisa Del Rio

Instructional Design Engineer at Envision Healthcare Services

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes