The Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society has announced its support for seven eco-projects that will benefit the local area and beyond, including two gifts to Loyola Marymount University’s Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering.
The organization has provided a lifetime endowment gift to the college that will provide assistance to faculty and students in biology or environmental science whose study and research “further the understanding of ecological, environmental and biological variables on birds and other wildlife.” The money will, in part, fund student presentations at science conferences.
Additionally, the Audubon Society gave the university a one-time gift to Seaver professor Heather Watts’ lab to help fund the study of birds and the relationship of environmental variation on the behavior of individual birds. This research will shed light on the potential for a species to adapt to environmental changes.
“The recipients’ extraordinary contributions support the Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society’s mission of conserving natural ecosystems for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity through education,” said Lillian Almdale, who chaired the donation committee. The gifts were made possible through a one-time bequest from the estate of Norma Foster, a former chapter member.
The society also provided funds to the Ballona Wetlands Education Project, the Birds at the Beach Exhibit, Santa Monica College, the Student Conservation Association, and Walgrove Elementary School’s Wildlands Project. For information, visit the society’s website.