We are so proud and grateful to have spent another day with Northern California Outdoor Afros in partnership with Golden Gate Audubon. Together, we connected more people to our local natural assets to help preserve and enjoy them with others. It was such a perfect day. The warmth of the sun and people who attended made us all forget it was still winter.
Thirty Outdoor Afros and fifty more attendees from Girls Inc., California Conservation Corps, with Golden Gate Audubon staff and interns descended on the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline with the support of the East Bay Regional Parks, to plant native trees and shrubs, identify local birds, and pick up trash along an important shoreline home to the endangered Clapper Rail among other wildlife, and the bustling human population of East Oakland just over the freeway. After a few hours of rotating activities, we enjoyed a picnic lunch, while the younger children played out their remaining energy.
Leslie Hardy Hood, an Outdoor Afro mother of two, and Oakland physician said, “Our family had a great time planting, birding and being with other like minded families!” Most in our group had never birded with binoculars, or participated in deliberate conservation activities in a preserve. Chanel of Oakland exclaimed, “I planted my first tree today…looking forward to future events!”
And so are we!
Thanks to our sponsors Toyota Audubon Together Green, REI, KEEN, Clif Bar, and Golden Gate Audubon for helping make the event a success – you all were the talk of the town for your inspiring presence and support!