About Us

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Friends group, authorized by Congress to support the education, interpretation, and research activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The primary mission of the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is to promote public awareness and appreciation of the San Francisco Bay and its natural history, and to conserve and preserve the remaining bay lands as essential wildlife habitat.

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is based at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge off Thornton Avenue. Since 1987 the Wildlife Society (SFBWS) has been assisting the Refuge with financial support.

Governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, the Society is supported by over 2,000 individual members and by donations and grants from corporations & foundations. The Wildlife Society operates bookstores at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Refuge Visitor Center in Fremont and the Environmental Education Center in Alviso.

The Tideline, a 16 page quarterly magazine, published by the Wildlife Society on behalf of the Don Edwards S.F. Bay Refuge, lists the Refuge activities available to the public for the coming four months, along with articles on flora and fauna found on the Refuge Complex properties. There is no charge for this publication and it is sent to members of SFBWS. Other publications of SFBWS are: Exploring Our Bayland by Diane R. Conradson and Drawbridge, California, A Hand-Me-Down History by O. L. "Monty" Dewey, tells the story of Drawbridge, the ghost town in the bay.

In addition to publishing, SFBWS supports and makes possible annual summer camps at Fremont, Alviso and East Palo Alto. SFBWS employs two environmental specialists at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. These employees conduct programs for school children and the general public to increase awareness of urban runoff pollution into the south San Francisco Bay and to promote personal behavior changes that will prevent pollution. Currently the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is funding the Moffett Field area of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This portion of the trail, when completed, will connect Sunnyvale Baylands and Mountain View Shoreline.

The Visitor Center at the Fremont Refuge facility highlights the San Francisco Bay salt pond restoration program, with emphasis on the role the salt marshes play in maintaining a healthy bay. San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society has donated substantial funding for the purpose of having hands-on, high tech exhibits explaining the steps in the Salt Pond restoration project.

We invite you to visit the Refuge, walk the trails and visit our Bookstore. The Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge is the largest urban Refuge in the country; surrounded by major freeways, it remains a peaceful island in an urban sea.


Our Vision

Working with partners, we envision wildlife and natural resources thriving in a healthier SF Bay region/area and a reinvigorated society supporting stewardship.

Our Mission

The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society seeks to nurture in the public a sense of understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuges, their natural and cultural history, and to conserve, preserve, and restore bay lands as essential wildlife habitat.

Our Values

  • Adaptive and Responsive: adaptive and responsive to changing environments and habitats, changing needs of programs and objectives.
  • Resilient and Committed: resilient practices, embracing change, committed to each other, to our members, and to our responsibilities for the wildlife and land.
  • Collaboration and Stewardship: with shared vision and values, collaborate with partners (business, agencies, communities, and individuals) to steward the San Francisco Bay region.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: ecological diversity is essential to nurture abundance of species. Inclusive education, outreach, and acceptance of diverse communities and businesses to grow a community of advocacy for the environment in the San Francisco Bay region.

Board of Directors

  • President: Ceal Craig
  • Vice President: Renee Fitzsimons
  • Treasurer: John Bradley
  • Secretary: Debra King
  • Director: Christopher Kitting
  • Director: Terry Smith
  • Director: Alison Armstrong
  • Director: Aaron Royston
  • (One spot on the Board of Directors remains open.)

Staff

  • Interpretive Specialist: Hope Presley
  • Education Specialist: Colter Cook
  • Program Administrator: Mary Deschene