Audubon Canyon Ranch, Inc.

aka ACR   |   Stinson Beach, CA   |  www.egret.org

Mission

Connecting nature, people and science in a rapidly changing world

Ruling year info

1964

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Tom Gardali

Main address

4900 Shoreline Highway 1 PO Box 577

Stinson Beach, CA 94970 USA

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EIN

94-6069140

NTEE code info

Bird Sanctuary/Preserve (D32)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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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?

Conservation Science

Audubon Canyon Ranch believes that global change begins locally. ACR’s scientific work provides solutions to problems in conservation biology and helps to resolve regional conservation issues.

Program activities focus on restoration ecology, stewardship of natural areas and wetlands issues, especially in coastal and estuarine systems. Activities also include studies of populations, habitat relationships, and behavioral ecology of birds, especially herons and egrets. We contribute to conservation efforts worldwide by presenting the results of our work in easily accessible peer-reviewed scientific journals and electronic media.

ACR science addresses real problems in Bay Area landscapes, including challenges to dwindling biodiversity and habitat loss, threats to wetlands, and the protection of the natural systems that surround us. Effective contributions in conservation science must consider ecological processes that operate at spatial scales that are larger than those represented by ACR preserves. Organisms on ACR properties, including herons, egrets, and even local plants, often belong to natural populations that operate at regional or larger scales and exhibit patterns of habitat use or behavior that vary across broader habitat gradients.

A Committed Community

Much of our work in conservation science and stewardship involves large numbers of volunteers. The results lead to numerous interpretive applications that help to promote ecological literacy and foster an appreciation of nature. Our approach is to develop a community—including scientists, decision makers, and volunteers—that understands conservation science and has a shared commitment to habitat conservation.

The program benefits and influences the activities of numerous sister environmental organizations, neighboring landowners and local, regional, and state planning agencies. Hundreds of community volunteers and more than 15,000 Bay Area students and families experience their natural heritage through visits to ACR sanctuaries each year.

Local Efforts, Global Relevance

While targeting issues relevant to the health of our sanctuaries and surrounding regions, our scientific work often has global relevance in conservation biology. To ensure that our work helps to resolve real problems in regional conservation, our efforts extend beyond publishing the results in peer-reviewed journals. We interpret the implications of our work to government agencies, planners, land managers, community organizations and the public.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Nature Education Program connects children and adults with nature, cultivates
environmental literacy, and promotes stewardship of the earth through experiential nature education. The
Program includes three focus areas that are interwoven through innovative delivery models:

School Programs. The School Program model consists of a visit to an ACR preserve for a three-hour, docentled
nature hike; a pre-visit, in-class orientation; and a set of standards-based resources for teachers to develop
classroom activities related to the nature-hike content. ACR School Program for children in grades three, four,
and five cultivates ecological literacy and promotes stewardship of the earth through hands-on, inquiry-based
nature education. Docent-led, small group instruction allows for very intimate and personal connections to
ACR’s preserves.

Youth Environmental Stewardship Programs. To extend the reach and impact of its nature education
programming, ACR targets specific youth communities to cultivate future environmental stewards and leaders.
These programs, designed to nurture ongoing relationships, range from overnight experiences, to ongoing
stewardship projects for classroom or youth groups, to extended nature-education mentoring through high
school.

Lifelong Learning Programs. Since its inception, ACR has engaged diverse, multigenerational communities in
learning within and from nature. Docents receive extensive training to facilitate School Program activities.
Volunteer Ranch and Trail Guides provide orientation and natural history information to Preserve visitors.
ACR’s public programs offer nature hikes, classes, lectures, and outreach to families. The Land Stewards
Program engages volunteers in restoration projects, citizen science efforts, and conservation science research.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Audubon Canyon Ranch acts as guardian of four main nature preserves in Marin and Sonoma counties. These 5,000 acres of tidal flats, marshlands, coastal prairie, oak woodlands and redwood groves provide significant habitat to wildlife and have been placed in our care by generous donors to steward and protect in perpetuity.

ACR uses science-based best practices in the management and restoration of our sanctuaries. Sustaining the ecological health of ACR lands requires intensive reconnaissance to ensure the early detection of invasive pests. Tireless on-the-ground work by volunteer stewards helps control invasive plants and animals. Stewardship activities also include restoring or enhancing damaged habitats, monitoring habitat conditions and tracking rare and sensitive species. Because these activities often have broad relevance, we engage in partnerships with other land managers, restoration colleagues, and conservation organizations to promote regional habitat protection.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Imagine a North Bay that lives harmoniously with fire and understands its critical role in tending our cherished and beautiful open spaces.
Fire Forward, a program of Audubon Canyon Ranch, brings a unique blend of science-based program design and community organizing to our region as it seeks to become a model of fire-adapted communities tending fire-adapted landscapes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Audubon Canyon Ranch is studying our region’s mountain lions to identify priority habitats and key wildlife corridors and to promote ecosystem conservation throughout our region. Using rigorous science, Living with Lions also teaches children and adults about the importance of living side-by-side with our wild neighbors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2014

Awards

Hannah Creighton Environmental Award 2006

Sierra Club of Marin

"Outstanding Environmental Program" 2006

Annual Environmental Awards Dinner co-sponsored by the Sonoma County Conservation Council and the Sierra Club

The Education Program at the Martin Griffin Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch was recognized for its exceptional outdoor program for youth. 2010

Environmental Council of Marin (EECOM) and Assemblyman Jared Huffman

Wings Across the Americas Award 2014

U.S. Forest Service

Best Places to Work 2009

North Bay Business Journal

Best Places to Work 2010

North Bay Business Journal

Annual STARS Celebration - Juniper Education Program 2011

Sonoma Valley Fund

2011 Eco-Exist Award 2011

Eco-Exist

National Natural Landmark status awarded to ACR's Martin Griffin Preserve 1968

U.S. Department of the Interior

Man and the Biosphere Program - ACR's Martin Griffin and Cypress Grove Preserves declared units of the UN Central California Coast Biosphere Reserve, Man and the Biosphere Program 1993

United Nations

Financials

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Operations

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

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Audubon Canyon Ranch, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Carol Lynn Wood

Board of Trustees Member, Rincon Valley Union School District Santa Rosa


Board co-chair

Ms. Nancy Lilly

Owner, Tallgrass Land & Cattle Company

Joan Turner

Retired Nurse

William Bridges

Information Systems Manager, Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies Inc. (retired)

Rebecca "Beki" Simon

University of Calif Press (retired)

Jane Wicklund

Health Policy Advocate and Trainer (retired)

Cy Wilcox

Chief Scientific Officer, Medtronic (retired)

Sarah Allen

Scientist, Ph.D.

Phillip Carlson

Franchisee, Ameriprise Financial Services (retired)

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