Outdoor Afros and Audubon Come Together for King Holiday Conservation Fun

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.

Outdoor Afro Leader Cliff and Keshia of GGAS discuss native plants

Clay, the official Outdoor Afro bird specialist!

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.

Fatherhood in Nature

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Mike Lynes, Golden Gate Audubon Executive Director said, “We are so glad to partner with Outdoor Afro for this event, as we believe these activities are for everyone.”

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 GreenREI, 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!

A table to share and celebrate our sponsors and friends!

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  • Clay

    Rue Im assuming you wrote this, so thanks so much for founding this website it is very much needed. You go above and beyond for our community. It was a great day and I was happy to see all the outdoor afros that attended in honor of Doctor Martin Luther King. And I must say, thats a pretty good lookin’ birder you have in the pic above ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/outdoorafro Outdoor Afro

    I did, and thank you so much for giving me something to write about! I agree your description of that birder – and he is pretty darn clever about nature too!