For the first time in its history, Pasadena Audubon Society (PAS) has a permanent office space, and a 2023 Capital Grant from Pasadena Community Foundation has helped the organization “feather their nest” by providing the funding for new furniture.
Located inside the Western Justice Center (WJC), the new office also provides the use of larger, shared meeting rooms and a backyard with a well-placed, towering Coast Live Oak tree – a magnet for birds. The office will serve as PAS’s headquarters with space for two full-time staff; just outside, a hallway nook has been converted into a lending library of birding books for members and the public.
Exciting Momentum in conservation & education
The new space comes at a time of momentum for PAS, which has incorporated even more of a conservation and scientific lens into its longtime focus on a shared love of birds. PAS has worked on projects with the City of Pasadena to plant native trees along our streets and to support the city in its commitment to become 100% carbon-free energy by 2030. And it was instrumental in the headline-making debut this year of the Bear Divide Tracking Station in the Angeles National Forest. Here, on any given day during spring migration, it is possible to see thousands, even tens of thousands, of birds stream past. You can imagine the keen interest this has generated in the research world.
Youth education has also become central to PAS’s mission. The Young Birders Club offers numerous field trips and classes, while the organization’s Washington Elementary Native Habitat Garden, which opened in 2019, serves as a vibrant outdoor classroom for PUSD students by featuring myriad California native plants that attract birds and pollinators. Thanks to the efforts of PAS, young students are becoming environmental stewards right here in our city’s backyard.
Saying Goodbye to Lois Brunet
For the last four years, PAS’s growth has taken place under the leadership of Lois Brunet, who announced this fall that she will retire from her position at the end of 2023. “In all our programming, we share our love of birds and help our community appreciate the vital importance of conservation. My time with PAS has shown me that the organization offers all of us tools that provide hope in these uncertain times – that is pretty unique!” PCF extends warm wishes to Lois in her retirement.