Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society featured as chapter success story’s at Council of Ohio Audubon Society-COAC’s "Building Up by Reaching Out: Growing Membership and Leadership" on Saturday, April 4, 2020.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Featured at Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters-COAC State Conference
'Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society Success Stories 2019-2020' starts with the chapter's formation forty-five years ago by a small group of concerned citizens, offers tips on collaborative leadership, and next steps to grow volunteer recruitment, fundraising, and membership for organizational sustainability.
Event: Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters-COAC Conference
Date & Time: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Presenters: Jess Bibbo, Michelle Brosius, and Gloria Ferris, Members, WCAS, reviewed the chapter's history and outreach projects 'Urban Birding Cleveland' and 'Conservation Project Labs'.
Summary: Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society began on August 15th, 1975 when a small group of concerned citizens held a meeting at a house in Berea, Ohio. In October of 1976 the chapter received its charter from the National Audubon Society. Similar to many chapters throughout the state today, WCAS wants to attract a younger, more diverse membership. To accomplish this, Chapter leadership decided to host ‘Conservation Project Lab’ meetings once a month to share a variety of conservation project ideas. Groups decide which project to focus on, what success looks like, and how to implement next steps. As a result of Conservation Labs, several new initiatives launched focus on fundraising: native plant sales and a regional urban birding event. Native plant sales grew from 2 events last year to 6 planned events. The 2019 regional event, Urban Birding Cleveland, a week-long festival featuring UK birding celebrity David Lindo, attracted over 500 people and recruited over 50 volunteers, many of whom became new members of WCAS.
Authors: This presentation was co-created by members Jess Bibbo, Michelle Brosius and Gloria Ferris, and Betsey O'Hagan, video producer and narrator. They hope this story will spark new ideas in you to recruit volunteers, fundraise, and grow membership to amplify the Audubon mission for birds and habitat conservation.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon is a chapter of the National Audubon Society based in Cuyahoga County in Northern Ohio, USA. WCAS seeks to connect and educate the public and conserve natural habitats for the sustainability of all bird species.
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