The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) would like to invite you to become a Friend of the Festival for the 9th annual Point Reyes Birding and Nature Festival (April 27th-29th).
Held on the last weekend of April, this year's festival celebrates the Year of the Bird, the 100th Anniversary of the Migratory Bird Act, spring migration, and West Marin's unique biodiversity through educational engagement opportunities.
Point Reyes National Seashore provides the backdrop for our festival, where the Pacific Flyway, Pacific Ocean, and other influences provide an ideal location for birding and wildlife viewing. In fact, the area was named the #1 birding hotspot in 2017, where over 54% of all North American bird species have been recorded.
Over the three day weekend over 400 attendees choose from 50+ educational field outings and classroom-based events focused on birds, wildlife, plants and marine life + hiking, biking, kayaking, art and field photography, and led by some of the Bay Area’s award-winning naturalists and birders. These events are geared to bring a broader awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the area to novice and expert birders/naturalists alike. Participants are primarily from Marin, Sonoma, and the greater Bay Area or California, but participants also come from the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon), Rocky Mountains (Colorado), the Southwest (New Mexico and Arizona), the Midwest (Illinois and Ohio), East Coast (New York), Hawaii, and even as far as Australia, Germany and the Netherlands.
The annual festival proceeds provide vital funding for our ongoing nonprofit mission, especially around our current programming to protect nesting birds in Marin and advocate for the integrity of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Sponsorship of the festival is a key way to ensure this important work continues. Plus, one of our major donors has already anonymously provided a $10,000 gift to launch a giving match to help us reach our $20,000 goal! This means your gift and our continued efforts will be doubled!
By becoming a Friend of the Festival, your tax-deductible gift will help us provide:
• High quality programming for all ages with top Bay Area guides and birders
• Special keynote programming on Friday and Saturday nights with experts in their field
• Special youth and family activities
• Scholarships for youth and educators
Plus, your gift will also allow us to continue to:
• Advocate for better protections for birds during their nesting season in Marin County
• Advocate for the integrity of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
• Forward our mission to protect and sustain the unique lands, waters, and biodiversity of West Marin through advocacy, education and engagement opportunities
In return, we will acknowledge you and/or your business on our website, printed and electronic newsletters, to festival attendees, and at the event. Each sponsor level includes special benefits, or you can opt out of the benefits for a full tax-deduction.
Help the festival take flight, and double our efforts, with a special gift to reach our last $10,000 of our sponsorship goal by April 15th, 2018.
In gratitude, EAC Staff
Learn more by contacting our Development and Outreach Director, Jessica Taylor or call us at (415) 663.9312.
COVER PHOTOGRAPH: Carlos Porrata