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Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

 100 Bell Canyon Road
 Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
[P] (949) 858-0309
[F] (949) 858-1013
www.starrranch.org
[email protected]
Sandy DeSimone
FOUNDED: 1973
INCORPORATED: 1905
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Organization DBA Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 13-1624102 00001

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

Audubon's national mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
 
Audubon's mission at Starr Ranch Sanctuary is to  offer innovative approaches to land management and environmental education that will influence the way Southern California citizens appreciate, conserve, and manage wildlands.  We seek to instill a love of nature through education programs that involve people of all ages in wildlife research and to provide a model of rigorous, sustainable land management through applied research.

Mission Statement

Audubon's national mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
 
Audubon's mission at Starr Ranch Sanctuary is to  offer innovative approaches to land management and environmental education that will influence the way Southern California citizens appreciate, conserve, and manage wildlands.  We seek to instill a love of nature through education programs that involve people of all ages in wildlife research and to provide a model of rigorous, sustainable land management through applied research.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $666,287.00
Projected Revenue $666,287.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

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Overview


Mission Statement

Audubon's national mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
 
Audubon's mission at Starr Ranch Sanctuary is to  offer innovative approaches to land management and environmental education that will influence the way Southern California citizens appreciate, conserve, and manage wildlands.  We seek to instill a love of nature through education programs that involve people of all ages in wildlife research and to provide a model of rigorous, sustainable land management through applied research.

Background Statement

Audubon uses science, education, land management, and advocacy, partnering with other conservation organizations locally and nationally as well as with government agencies to protect and restore natural habitat for the benefit of all wildlife and people.  Audubon's national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, and our educational programs and citizen science activities engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.  Our work is designed to build a stronger conservation constituency, strengthen communities, and achieve positive conservation results.

Impact Statement

Audubon's Starr Ranch Sanctuary preserves 4,000 acres of coastal sage scrub, grasslands, and riparian forests in Orange County, habitats that are found elsewhere in the world.  Our long-term goal is to restore 1,600 acres (about 40% of the preserve) by 2023.  To date we have restored 645 acres and have active projects on another 50+ acres to control invasive weeds and restore wildlife habitat. 
 
Volunteer stewardship is closely coordinated with scientific research and monitoring. "Citizen scientists" work with field biologists to help monitor and evaluate restoration efforts.  Cutting-edge new habitat restoration techniques developed at Starr Ranch serve as models for other preserves in southern California. 
 
Annually 6,000 visitors came to Starr Ranch to attend vibrant education and volunteer programs, including 3,000 school aged children.  Unfortunately visits to the Ranch must be pre-arranged due to access restrictions, please see our website for a calendar of upcoming events and information about how to volunteer or sign up for education programs.
 
Nationally, Audubon has continued to lead volunteer and professional efforts to restore habitat and bird populations on the Gulf of Mexico affected by the 2010 oil spill. Audubon has led efforts among environmental organizations around the country and in Washington, D.C. to ensure that energy extraction and transmission facilities avoid areas important for birds and other wildlife.   Audubon continues work with landowners in many parts of the country to improve management of private lands that are important for birds and wildlife. Audubon's on-going education programs at nature centers, schools, and on the Internet reached millions of school children, their families, and other adults of all ages.

Needs Statement

At Audubon's Starr Ranch Sanctuary our primary needs are to:
  • Restore native habitats and riparian forests preserved within the Sanctuary to provide habitat for wildlife and aquatic species
  • Engage Orange County residents in hands-on conservation activities to increase their understanding and awareness of environmental issues of the region
  • Serve local schools, youth groups (including home school groups) and families with opportunities for hands-on nature and science education in an outdoor classroom
  • Build an endowment that supports our habitat restoration and education programs now and into the future.

Nationally, Audubon welcomes support for its national programs in science, education, and policy and for its field programs through state offices and at nature centers


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Please check Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary's webpage at www.starrranch.org.  There you will find information on the work we do in Orange County to protect birds, wildlife and the habitat they depend upon for benefit of people and our community and ways to donate, support, and volunteer. Acquired by National Audubon Society Audubon in 1973 to preserve 4,000 acres of open space in the middle of suburban Orange County, Starr Ranch Sanctuary borders the Santa Ana Mountains, the Cleveland National Forest, and two suburban developments. The larger community of Rancho Santa Margarita is 3 miles northwest of the Sanctuary, and San Juan Capistrano is 10 miles to the southwest.  Starr Ranch is home to an extraordinary concentration of unique plant and animal species, and represents a global conservation priority since it provides essential habitat for a diversity of plant and animal communities. Today over 90% of native shrublands (coastal sage scrub) and 95% of streamside (riparian) forests in California have been destroyed. Careful and thoughtful restoration of protected land ensures rare southern Californian habitats, and the wildlife that depend on them, are preserved to be treasured and enjoyed by present and future generations.  The Starr Ranch coastal sage scrub and riparian restoration projects, recognized as groundbreaking at national and state levels, use no chemicals to control non-native, invasive species and apply research and monitoring to support decision-making. We welcome volunteers to come to the Sanctuary to work together with our staff scientists on habitat restoration and stewardship programs.  We also active education programs for adults, families, and children to learn about nature and science in an outdoor classroom.  Starr Ranch Sanctuary is truly a unique and valuable resource for Orange County.  We invite you to make a donation through this site, our webpage, or by mailing a check to the organization designated for the Sanctuary.

Geographic Area Served

Throughout the United States
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Starr Ranch Sanctuary is located in southeast Orange County, bordering the Santa Ana Mountains near Rancho Santa Margarita and San Juan Capistrano.
 
National Audubon Society has its national headquarters in New York and a policy office in Washington, D.C., and includes a network of state offices, nature centers, and chapters throughout the United States. Audubon is also active elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere where birds from the United States spend other parts of their lives.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Land Resources Conservation
  2. Environment - Environmental Education
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Programs


Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary

At Audubon Starr Ranch, we do sustainable (no herbicides) land management, applied research, and education. We provide opportunities to engage in volunteer and education activities that integrate our research into programs for all ages. Our education programs are unique because we provide instruction by professional biologists and hands-on experience with the tools and techniques of ecological research in pristine wild habitat. Our approach is participant-centered – our aim is to deliver programs that are not only scientifically rigorous and informative, but also enjoyable and engaging. Programs are structured to encourage repeat visits to the Ranch to motivate participants to spend more time outdoors in nature. Starr Ranch benefits from the hard work of approximately 400 active volunteers each year and eight seasonal staff, recent college graduates who live and work on the Ranch. Nearly 3,000 children and their families are served in our hands-on nature-based education programs.

Budget  $650,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Land Conservation
Population Served General/Unspecified K-12 (5-19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success 
To date, we have restored 645 acres at Starr Ranch Sanctuary and have active restoration projects underway on an additional 50+ acres.  Last year 300 "Weed Warriors" volunteered to help with these habitat restoration projects, collectively contributing over 740 hours of field work.  Additionally approximately 50 "citizen scientists" were trained and helped with the wildlife monitoring and research projects that evaluates effects of restoration on birds and small mammals.  We served 3,000 school aged children in field ecology programs during the school year and Junior Biologist camp programs during spring and summer break.  
Program Long-Term Success 
Starr Ranch has operated as a preserve of southern California wildlands since 1973. Our 4,000 acres encompass the unique mosaic of Mediterranean climate habitats that were once, before the spread of urbanization, typical of southern Californian landscapes: coastal sage scrub, grasslands, oak woodlands, and riparian forests.  Starr Ranch protects rare native habitats and wildlife, and is home to active restoration and research projects that focus on the non-chemical control of invasive species and rare habitat restoration, including the study of the effects restoration has on birds and small mammals. All staff research is integrated into vibrant education and volunteer programs for students and adults.  Our long-term goal is to restore 1,600 acres of the 4,000 acre Starr Ranch Sanctuary by 2023.
Program Success Monitored By 
Audubon's Starr Ranch Sanctuary is committed to monitoring and evaluating our programs and achieving intended program outcomes. Habitat restoration is an ongoing and long-term commitment, and it is our overarching objective to preserve, enhance and restore native habitat on the Ranch to its most pristine state. Each year we establish targets for our invasive species control and restoration work and identify high priority areas in which to apply our innovative approaches to treatment. Within the target areas currently identified in the project description above, we expect that it will take multiple growing cycles over several years to achieve the desired outcomes.
 
To measure progress towards our long-term and annual goals, we closely track invasive control and planting efforts using estimates of native plant density and cover, including taking photos of work sites over time to visually evaluate progress of invasive removal and native planting.  Stream macroinvertebrates are indicators of water quality and, after sending specimens to a taxonomist for identification, we summarize data to assess water quality long term. Aquatic vertebrate and perennial pool distributions are mapped with GIS. We also closely track participation numbers in our field ecology, Junior Biologist, family nature programs, and citizen science programs. 

 

Examples of Program Success 
At Starr Ranch we invest in and lead place-based conservation that directly benefits the area we serve. Our research-based approach has been recognized as a model for land managers at national and state levels, including by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for our “outstanding contributions to the nation’s fish and wildlife resources.” 

Research and Education Director Dr. Sandra DeSimone was given the California Invasive Plant Council’s Land Manager of the Year Award in 2010.  She regularly publishes research results in peer-reviewed journals, most recently in a 2013 issue of Restoration Ecology.

A science teacher who has brought her classes for Starr Ranch education programs for ten years provided this testimonial: “Starr Ranch has been an invaluable resource in teaching children field ecology and habitat stewardship.  It is the only place outside of a university setting where students can be instructed by wild life biologists in the field.  The effect has been truly inspirational.”


Management


CEO/Executive Director David Yarnold
CEO Term Start Sept 2010
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience David Yarnold became Audubon’s 10th president in September, 2010. With expertise in climate and energy issues, Yarnold has made environmentally-friendly siting for renewable energy one of his highest priorities at Audubon.  A Pulitzer Prize-winning editor San Jose Mercury News.  Yarnold came to Audubon from the Environmental Defense Fund, where he played a leading role in expanding partnerships with corporations and helped double revenue. He also led the organization’s political action arm and was its leading US-based advocate for the creation of environmental markets in China.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
John Beavers VP International Alliances --
Jose Carbonell Chief Marketing Officer --
Mike Daulton VP Government Relations --
Mary Beth Hanson Vice President, Chief Financial Officer --
Mark Jannot Vice President, Content --
Gary Langham VP Chief Scientist --
Susan Lunden Chief of Staff --
Peg Olsen VP Chief Conservation Officer --
Andy Roos Vice President, Chief Information Officer --
Lorraine Sciarra VP General Counsel --
Peter Vincent VP Human Resources --
David Yarnold President and CEO --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Conservation Award Sea and Sage Audubon 2016
Land Manager of the Year California Invasive Plant Council 2010
Certificate of Appreciation US Fish and Wildlife Service 2009

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Rancho Mission Viejo Land Trust, Irvine Ranch Conservancy, California State University Fullerton, UC Riverside, Orange County conservation Corps, Endangered Habitats League

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 10
Number of Volunteers 500
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair David Ford
Board Chair Company Affiliation President of DBF Associates and Senior Advisor to Gatemore Capital Management, LLC,
Board Chair Term Jan 2012 - Dec 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Jane J. Alexander Tony- and Emmy-award winning actress Voting
Karim Al-Kafhaji Senior Engagement Manager at Opower Voting
Peter Alpert partner at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston Voting
Leigh Altadonna regional director for National Audubon Society’s Atlantic-North Region Voting
Susan Bell Principal of Susan Bell & Associates Voting
Coleman Burke founder of the Waterfront Companies Voting
Michele Crist regional director for National Audubon Society’s Central-North region Voting
Joseph B. Ellis ormer Partner and Advisory Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Voting
David Ford President of DBF Associates and Senior Advisor to Gatemore Capital Management, LLC, Voting
George Golumbeski Senior Vice President of Business Development for Celgene Corporation Voting
Jeffrey Goodby co-founder and co-chairman of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners Voting
James Greenwood President and CEO of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Voting
David R. Hartwell President of Bellcomb, Inc Voting
William Heck regional director for National Audubon Society’s Mississippi-North Region Voting
Joy E. Hester regional director for National Audubon Society’s Central-South Region Voting
Joy Hester Regional Director, Southwest Region Voting
Stephanie Little regional director for National Audubon Society’s Pacific-South region Voting
Alexis McDermott Maybank Gilt Group Founding CEO Voting
Mary McDermott-Cook President of the Eugene McDermott Foundation Voting
Hector Morales Jr. senior advisor to Baker & McKenzie, LLP, Voting
Hector E. Morales Jr. Global Strategic Associates, LLC Voting
Kristi B. Patterson chair of the Audubon California Advisory Board Voting
Terry Root Senior Fellow in Woods Institute for the Environment and Professor by Courtesy in Biology at Stanford University Voting
David C. Roux co-founder and Senior Director of Silver Lake Voting
Ajay Shah Co-founder and Managing Partner Silver Lake Voting
Hugh Simmons regional director for National Audubon Society's Atlantic-South Region Voting
Jack D. Stewart III regional director for National Audubon Society’s Mississippi-South Region Voting
Stephen Tan managing partner of the regional environmental law firm Cascadia Law Group Voting
Margaret Walker board member of the University of Washington Foundation Voting
Art Wang regional director for National Audubon Society’s Pacific-North Region Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 25
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 20
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 83%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $99,654,623 $115,240,284 $99,121,414
Total Expenses $96,905,279 $93,397,486 $88,963,992

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$80,553,116 $81,279,144 $57,893,578
Government Contributions $0 $0 $7,827,024
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- $7,827,024
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $6,393,290 $7,085,203 $6,765,741
Investment Income, Net of Losses $8,623,534 $22,654,493 $6,710,268
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- $2,767,504
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $1,876,182
Other $4,084,683 $4,221,444 $15,281,117

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $3,333,484 -- $73,831,636
Administration Expense $93,571,795 $93,397,486 $5,312,449
Fundraising Expense -- -- $9,819,907
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.03 1.23 1.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses 3% 0% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 14%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $456,231,397 $471,019,435 $468,897,446
Current Assets -- -- $89,434,973
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $18,344,019
Current Liabilities $40,649,397 $36,229,409 $16,257,730
Total Net Assets $415,582,000 $434,790,026 $434,295,697

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.00 0.00 5.50

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 4%
Endowment Value $83,000,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. 

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