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Los Angeles Audubon Society Inc. is headquartered in Pacific Plsds, CA, has an EIN of 95-6093704, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible.  It is classified by the IRS as a Educational Organization, with a ruling year of 1959.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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This organization cannot be evaluated by our Encompass Rating methodology because it does not e-file IRS Form 990

To ensure year-to-year consistency, the Encompass Rating System’s Finance & Accountability beacon analyzes the three-year average of some data provided through the IRS Form 990.
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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Los Angeles Audubon Society (LAAS), a local and separate 501(c)3 Audubon chapter, is focused on the protection and conservation of birds through education and preservation of native habitats where both wildlife and humans can thrive. Cultivating the next generation of environmental stewards is an important goal aimed at sustaining our urban conservation initiatives.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

Environmental Education - we engage urban youth and the public in stewardship programs at: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Los Angeles Audubon Society (LAAS) Environmental Leadership Program offers after-school internships teaming high school students with biologists and restoration ecologists to actively engage in and improve their communities. Students are introduced to the science of habitat restoration ecology through site-specific work and field trips, learning first-hand about managing natural habitat within urban areas. This program serves students from three high schools. Students graduating from our Greenhouse Internship Program have a 100% college acceptance rate. Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Led by LAAS college interns and community docents, this program introduces thousands of elementary and middle school students to experiential science-based activities, including exploration of geology, soil, plant life, local wildlife habitat and includes a good dose of exercise. Curricula are updated each year and comply with the current science standards for California. The program serves 1300+ students. Schoolyard Habitat Building on their knowledge from the Environmental Leadership Program, students assist LAAS College Fellows, LAAS restoration ecologists and community volunteers to implement schoolyard habitats at urban core schools near downtown Los Angeles. To date we have created and sustained a school yard habitat at Leo Politi Elementary School and are beginning work at Esperanza Elementary School. The goal of this program is to create a healthier schoolyard environment where students can learn in a thriving nature-filled space that attracts insects, pollinators, birds, and lizards, where children and teachers can observe, utilizing the habitat as an outdoor learning center. Ballona Wetlands Outdoor Education Program - Our weekly school field trip program brings thousands of students and teachers each year to experience one of the last remaining coastal wetlands in Los Angeles. Students become scientists and biologists for the day, viewing nature through microscopes and binoculars, they witness and document aquatic life, birds and other wildlife that rely on this unique habitat for survival. For the past 20+years, this program is coordinated by LAAS education staff and specially trained community volunteer docents and serves thousands of students each year. The first Saturday of every month, LA Audubon invites the public to tour the wetlands. Beach Ecology Exploration School Program - LAAS hosts 8 Beach ecology field trips for schools. Special Programs and Presentations - LAAS hosts monthly presentations from field experts on a wide-range of interests that include bird, wildlife and environmental topics.Four monthly bird walks for beginners and experienced birders alike are conducted by volunteer birders at Topanga State Park, Franklin Canyon, Ballona Wetlands and Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

Los Angeles Audubon is a separate 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to National/CA Audubon do not reach our local chapter. Local chapters and National/California Audubon collaborate on conservation issues, however, funding for chapter environmental education programs and conservation projects require chapters to seek funds via grants and donations. We are currently seeking major funding via an endowment campaign that will help to sustain our programs long-term. Los Angeles Audubon's dedicated education and conservation staff has kept pace with the growing interest in our stewardship programs by hiring student graduates from our programs to work with new students as mentors and project coordinators. We provide hands-on work and research experience, mentorship and community service opportunities, and support students in their college application process. We are excited about our students success rates and the contributions that they, our members and community volunteers are making towards improving the local environment, preserving habitat and conserving natural resources.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

We measure the progress of our education goals by the number of students who graduate from our stewardship programs, the number of overall students reached each year, and the number of people we engage in volunteer work, presentations, and recreation events. The progress we are making in habitat restoration is measured by the number of acres of wildlife habitat that is restored. LAAS monitors and documents the activities of the endangered California Least Tern and the threatened Western Snowy Plover and shares information with regional and national databases to gain a better understanding of the species.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

LA Audubon's accomplishments include: On-going habitat restoration - restore approximately 10 acres of wildlife habitat each year Los Angeles Audubon's Greenhouse Alumni Team received Disney Conservation Hero Award. The award recognizes local citizens for their efforts to protect wildlife and wild places and engage communities in conservation. Recipients from around the world were nominated by nonprofit environmental organizations. Connect more than 5,000 under-served students each year to nature activities and environmental stewardship Support students in the college application process - Graduates of our high school Greenhouse Internship Program have a 100% college acceptance rate U.S. Department of Education awarded Dorsey H.S. with Green Ribbon Award and Dorsey acknowledged LA Audubon as an important partner in the school's leadership development model Transform under-utilized schoolyards into nature-filled learning centers Provide pathways for urban youth to seek higher education and career goals Engage 400+ community volunteers in environmental stewardship activities

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