Save Nature.org

Conservation in 
World Wide

About the Organization

The Oakland Zoo is an active partner of Save Nature.org , formerly known as the Center for Ecosystem Survival. The primary goal is to increase individual participation and awareness of worldwide conservation by providing opportunities for direct action. With the support of school children, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and other conservation-minded individuals and organizations, Save Nature.org has been successful in raising over $3.9 million to protect rainforests and coral reefs in Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Peru, Panama, Bolivia, Brazil, and Micronesia to name just a few.

The Conservation Challenge

We help Save Nature.org with fundraising by using their unique conservation parking meters. The organization has modified ordinary street parking meters to accept donations of small change to save habitat. The Conservation Parking Meter combines educational information about tropical rainforest conservation with the opportunity for individual action. In place of the red violation flag, a colorful hummingbird flies across the face of the meter every time a visitor inserts coins and turns the dial.

Conservation Approach

Advocacy and Outreach

Thanks to the work of Golden Gate Audubon, Oakland and San Francisco have adopted bird safe building requirements that will help prevent bird collisions. They advocate for responsible pet ownership, such as indoor-only cats, to reduce the number of avian mortalities. Golden Gate Audubon Society also works with arborist societies and independent contractors to provide training on seasonal tree trimming, how to spot a nest, and how to follow proper protocols and laws.

Grassroots ConservationFounded in 1917, Golden Gate Audubon Society partners with land management organizations, local schools, and city planning staff to keep the Bay Area a safe and healthy place for birds. They use a reach of over 7,000 members to monitor threatened species, restore habitats, and educate the public on sharing urban space with wildlife. Docents and volunteers spend time monitoring species like the Burrowing Owl, collecting data on the birds’ activities,     as well as educating the public about the unique species.EducationGolden Gate Audubon Society works with disadvantaged schools in East Oakland, North Richmond, and Southeast San Francisco to provide classes on local habitats and ecosystems, both in classrooms and on field trips. Classes of many subjects are also provided to adults for a small fee. Together, Golden Gate Audubon Society conducts over 150 field trips per year. A Speaker Series featuring biologists, researchers, photographers, and others is hosted monthly in either San Francisco or Berkeley.

 

Oakland Zoo Takes Action

We help Save Nature.org with fundraising by using their unique conservation parking meters. The organization has modified ordinary street parking meters to accept donations of small change to save habitat. The Conservation Parking Meter combines educational information about tropical rainforest conservation with the opportunity for individual action. In place of the red violation flag, a colorful hummingbird flies across the face of the meter every time a visitor inserts coins and turns the dial.

You Can Take Action Too

The change we collect from these conservation parking meters is sent to purchase rainforest land for migration corridors in the Talamanca and Guanacaste Conservation Areas of Costa Rica. Every 25 cent contribution saves 90 square feet of tropical rainforest so remember to "give your change to make a change" whenever you see a Conservation Parking Meter!

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