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We encourage you to become involved in this exciting new chapter for PRBO.

PRBO's Volunteer Program to Soar

Kira Steinberg and Sarah Warnock

Since PRBO's inception in 1965, hundreds of members have assisted with fieldwork, administrative duties, education, and countless other activities. Now a formal Volunteer Program is in place, in time for the opening of our new San Francisco Bay Research Center in Petaluma.

Steps away from Shollenberger Marsh, our new headquarters at the tip of the North Bay is ideally suited for bird walks and education classes led or assisted by trained volunteers. Our public outreach at this site will complement ongoing programs of Madrone Audubon Society / Petaluma Wetlands Alliance, an exciting new partnership for PRBO.

Busloads of children from all over the Bay Area will be able to visit our Center and tour the wetlands (see page 2). Proximity to the towns of Petaluma, Novato, and Santa Rosa will give members and friends of PRBO easier access to volunteer opportunities, training sessions, and special workshops.

Already our Education and Outreach staff is developing a series of volunteer training workshops, from bird identification and survey techniques to teaching techniques using our hands-on collection of bird skins, feathers, and skeletons.
New training workshops are planned for PRBO volunteers. At center, PRBO Education Specialist Sue Abbott. PRBO photo..

The wide array of docent opportunities will include staffing the Rich Stallcup Education Hall (the new facility's entryway, featuring educational displays and activities) and assisting with membership and administration activities. We seek persons skilled in photography, video, art, computer graphics, and the like to help get our important conservation messages out to the public.

The new building is not yet ready, but the new Volunteer Program is good to go. We encourage all ages, skills, and interests to become involved in this new and exciting chapter for PRBO and bird conservation.