By WCAS Board members
Everyone knows the famous Army recruiting poster of Uncle Sam pointing toward the observer and declaring, “I Want You …” Now picture our bird logo, the Pileated Woodpecker, pointing toward you with an extended wing and requesting, “I Want YOU to be part of Western Cuyahoga Audubon.” Organizations, such as WCAS depend on volunteers to keep things fresh and moving forward. New ideas, new suggestions, new faces, new perspectives are just part of making WCAS a chapter that is innovative and at the forefront of bird and bird habitat conservation, educating about birds, and advocating for the places that birds and people need. Just a couple of hours a month … or less, from each chapter member can make a world of difference. That’s what WCAS needs to be doing - making a world of difference. So how can you help?
Serving on the Board or be a Committee Chairperson
New folks are needed as the Chairpersons for committees that meet with the Board.
Bird Walk Leaders
WCAS is looking for additional volunteers to serve as bird walk leaders! We would love to host even more bird walk events, but don't want to overwork our current pool of volunteers. Bird knowledge and identification skills are required. If you've never done anything like this before, no problem! We can partner you with a seasoned leader as a mentor. If interested, please reach out to Michelle Brosius at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write articles for the quarterly newsletter and/or for the website. Stories, native plant information, life history of bird species, reviews of birding areas, parks or natural areas visited, and perhaps some things we didn’t even think of. Articles would be edited for punctuation and grammar, but we wouldn’t want to lose “your voice” in the writing.
Revive the Education Committee. Let’s make WCAS more accessible to educators and students. Learning could be indoors through presentations or outdoors through nature walks for any aged learner - school students, homeschoolers, senior learners, learners with different abilities! There can be so many ways to get the word out about enjoying and learning about birds and the environment. All ideas are welcome and having a team would be great!
Native Plants for Birds & Wildlife
Revive our native plant sales and promotions. Native plants are beneficial for birds, wildlife, and people too! We can start out slowly with a few plants, then “grow” (pun intended) our selection of plants. Coordinator would need to know native plants, find out where they can be ordered, help to market the plants, have a native plant event, or know when events are happening and join them. The birds will love you!
Fundraising and Friend-raising Assistance
Create some fun, fundraising and friend-raising activities. Silent auctions, birding challenges, meet at a brewery or winery, or other ways to enjoy birds, the outdoors and the company of other nature lovers. We hope creative ideas will get flowing with a fun and powerful team!
Project Coordination and Collaboration
Communicating and collaborating with other organizations is a great way to get projects to protect birds and habitats done. Organizations may be international, such as Bird City Network, American Bird Conservancy, national and state with Audubon Chapters in the Great Lakes Region or in Ohio, local - collaborating with the park system, other nearby Audubon Chapters, Conservancies (Western Reserve Land Conservancy, West Creek Conservancy) as well as community projects (i.e. planting native plants in a community park, doing bird walks for a community organization, etc.)
Special Event Volunteering
Throughout the year, but primarily in the spring through fall, WCAS is asked to participate in day events, such as Earth Day, Birding events, Metroparks events, etc. Help staff the table displays and activities for visitors. Promote WCAS membership and attendance at events. Have fun! Usually this is only a couple of hours per event.
Representative to The Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters (COAC)
Represent WCAS to The Council of Ohio Audubon Chapters. The representative would report to COAC on what WCAS is doing and would report back to the WCAS Board on news from COAC. Generally one meeting, via Zoom, per month, potentially an annual, in-person gathering may occur. Also, if interested, the representative could join one of the 3 COAC committees - conservation, website development, or training and teaching, there would be additional Zoom meetings. A great way to connect with chapters around Ohio … and possibly beyond.
Please contact us at email@example.com to let us know your interest OR a brand new idea!
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