2012 has been truly amazing. We’ve been overwhelmed with the partnerships we’ve formed and the new friends we’ve met along the way. We helped conduct surveys, contribute data, created informational brochures, and train professionals about threats of Sudden Oak Death. We have helped understand rare butterfly habitat from Pleasanton to Otay Mesa. We’ve accepted an intern who helped realize a number of research projects and participate in collecting field data on a federally endangered plant, Dudleya. We helped collect invaluable plant distribution data (through a citizen science workshop) on a federally endangered plant in Livermore’s Alkali Sink. We also helped continue to restore an oak woodland slope that was once covered in garbage in Claremont Canyon.
Most significant to these workshops, outings and projects is the inspiration that we get to share with our participants. Over and over again, we hear lots of thanks from people 12 to 90 who have gotten their hands dirty and learned about the ecology of the place they call home. We’re simply facilitating a safe, informative and exciting experience that does “real” good for the environment. We’re hopeful that we’ve shared some tools with budding restoration volunteers and professionals alike so that we can perfect our craft of stewarding the land and restoring native flora and fauna.
We’ve come a long way since initiating this idea of Golden Hour Restoration Institute in 2007. We’re now making things happen! 2013 is set up to be our most inspired year yet, we hope to work in San Francisco with Mission Blue butterfly habitat, survey for monarchs, restore creek segments in Oakland, train people on the newest restoration techniques, provide basic botanical/plant ID training, and continue to inspire people who want to be knowledgeable agents of ecological stewardship.
So I, the Executive Director, along with our fantastic board of directors is reaching out to you for your financial help. Please consider an end-of-the-year donation to our unique educational institute. Our annual budget of around $10,000 benefits from every little bit people are willing to donate. (We also take checks so we don’t have to incur Paypal fees!) We are a 501(c)3 organization and your donation is tax deductible.
We hope to expand our budget, our reach, and our positive impact in our natural home. Please find the following video as another little tour through Golden Hour.
Thank you and happy holidays.
Golden Hour Restoration Institute – 1822 Nason St. – Alameda CA 94501