Los Angeles, CA, September 21, 2015 - Los Angeles Audubon Society has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF). The conservation grant recognizes Los Angeles Audubon’s efforts to promote the conservation of the California Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover on Los Angeles County beaches through outreach and community-based science that engages local people.

“Los Angeles Audubon is dedicated to the long term success of the California Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover monitoring programs. Disney’s support allows us to continue our efforts, working with coastal agencies and community volunteers, in monitoring of species, maintaining protection of nesting and wintering areas, and educating the public on these at-risk bird species,” said Dr. Margot Griswold, president of Los Angeles Audubon’s Board of Directors. Los Angeles Audubon will utilize the grant funds to engage volunteers of all ages in trash removal and habitat restoration at the Venice Beach nesting site of the Least Tern, and provide training and coordination for local community members to serve as tern monitors throughout the spring and summer months. Our outreach/education team - comprised of biologists, staff, interns, and trained volunteers - will engage hundreds of public school students and community members in presentations, field trips, and guided walks focused on the conservation of these beach-nesting bird species.

The Disney Conservation Fund focuses on protecting wildlife and connecting kids and families with nature. Since its founding in 1995, DCF has provided more than $30 million to support conservation programs in 115 countries. Projects were selected to receive awards based upon their efforts to study wildlife, protect habitats and develop community conservation and education programs in critical ecosystems.

For information on Disney’s commitment to conserve nature and a complete list of 2015 grant recipients, visit www.disney.com/conservation.

About Los Angeles Audubon Society
The mission of Los Angeles Audubon is to promote the enjoyment and protection of birds and other wildlife through recreation, education, conservation and restoration. An important strategic goal is to provide after-school environmental education targeting under-served youth and their communities in the urban core of greater LA. We protect birds and their habitat through community-based science volunteers to monitor and protect, through public education and docent programs, policy and planning advocacy, and litigation when necessary.

Visit www.losangelesaudubon.org

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