Audubon Dallas

Connecting People With Nature

aka Cedar Ridge Preserve   |   Dallas, TX   |  https://audubondallas.org

Mission

Our mission is to support and promote the conservation of birds and other wildlife, the protection of habitat and biodiversity, and the provision of education and opportunities for our entire community to observe and appreciate nature.

Ruling year info

2000

President

Anna Palmer

Main address

PO Box 12713

Dallas, TX 75225 USA

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EIN

75-2876262

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Our programs

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Master Birder Sponsorship

Audubon Dallas is the proud sponsor of The North-Central Texas Master Birder Program “”NCTMB”). NCTMB is a course in field ornithology for intermediate-level birders. It is designed to provide participants with techniques to enhance applicants’ existing bird identification skills and general knowledge of birds, ecology, conservation, and habitat requirements in Texas. It is also an “education for service” initiative. Participants will receive advanced training in field ornithology in exchange for volunteer services to the North-central Texas community.

The NCTMB provides training on ornithological topics using a combination of eleven classroom sessions and ten instructor-led field trips. Topics include but are not limited to:

1. Bird Identification by Sight
2. Bird Identification by Sound
3. Ecological Zones of Texas and the Associated Avifauna
4. Birding Equipment Including Optics, Field Guides, Written Forms, and Checklists
5. Birding Etiquette in the Field
6. Avian Biology
7. Migration
8. Texas Specialty Birds
9. Birding Ethics
10. Record Keeping and Reporting

Population(s) Served

Audubon Dallas offers a continuous series of educational classes and lectures at convenient locations in the Dallas area, to teach the community about the local environment and wildlife. These events highlight a variety of topics and are free to the general public.

Population(s) Served

Audubon Dallas manages Cedar Ridge Preserve, a 600+ acre natural habitat that hosts a wide variety of flora, fauna, and terrain, and serves as a vital setting for numerous migratory birds and butterflies. In its management of this land, Audubon Dallas strives to restore important plants, maintain a safe and hospitable environment for birds and wildlife, and encourage visits from the community to build appreciation of the habitat. Cedar Ridge Preserve has nine miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult, and is considered by many to be the best trail system in the Dallas Metroplex. Visits to the Preserve currently exceed 400,000 per year.

Population(s) Served

Audubon Dallas offers guided walks and field trips at various sites in the Dallas area to observe birds and learn about nature.

Population(s) Served

Recruiting and training for the Junior Ranger Program, to educate and promote environmental awareness and advocacy at an early age

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Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Audubon Dallas is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society serving the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Its mission is to support and promote the conservation of birds and other wildlife and the protection of habitat and biodiversity in the area.

Audubon Dallas pursues its mission by preserving ecologically significant land in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and by providing educational programs and opportunities to observe and appreciate nature, thereby promoting awareness among local residents of the important role they play in protecting the environment. Audubon Dallas manages Cedar Ridge Preserve, a 600-acre natural habitat that hosts a wide variety of flora, fauna, and terrain, and serves as a vital setting for numerous migratory birds and butterflies. The Preserve also provides an idyllic setting for local residents and visitors to hike, observe and learn about nature. In addition to hosting nature walks in Cedar Ridge Preserve and field trips in other nearby sites, Audubon Dallas also offers a continuous series of educational classes and lectures at convenient locations in the Dallas area, to teach the community about the local environment and wildlife. These events highlight a variety of topics and are free to the general public.

Audubon Dallas has no paid staff, and is run entirely by volunteers. Our programs are supported by donations and dues from approximately 1,500 members. Cedar Ridge Preserve is managed by Audubon Dallas through an agreement with the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Board. Audubon Dallas maintains trails and takes care of the day to day operations with a focus on maintaining habitat and natural species at the Preserve. We also partner with volunteers from the community on the third Saturday of each month to remove non-native plants and restore trails.

We continue to manage the lands of Cedar Ridge Preserve to restore important plants, maintain a safe and hospitable environment for birds and wildlife, and encourage visits from the community to build the appreciation of our habitat. Visits now number over 400,000 per year.

Financials

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Audubon Dallas

Board of directors
as of 12/28/2019
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Board chair

Anna Palmer

Anna Palmer

Lynn Pierce

Kathy Macken

Katie Christman

Tom Willard

David Evans

Chris Aleman

Tameka Sadler

Shaila Palamand

Sarah Maokosy

Edna Flowers

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No