opportunities this month.
Help continue the free
distribution of Elizabeth
Terwilliger’s nature films
to educators throughout
the U.S. by making a tax-deductible donation to
the Terwilliger Nature
Support Advokids’ legal
programs and services
that help families, care-givers, attorneys, social
workers, pediatricians and
child therapists advocate
for children in foster care.
Donate to Copper’s
Dream Rescue — an all-breed dog rescue in the
Bay Area — to help pay for
medical care, transportation, food and supplies.
Growth means that
150-plus artists with
and physical disabilities
have a professional studio
environment for telling
their stories and expressing themselves through
Your donation to Families
for Clean Air, a science-based nonprofit, supports
the mission of protecting
the public’s health from
wood smoke pollution
through education, advocacy and community
➤Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, a youth
service program for young people of all
ages, needs your action on campaigns
that exist throughout a global network.
➤ Tab for a Cause is a charitable organization that supports causes worldwide. Just
download the app and start raising money
for charities you care about every time
you open a tab in your internet browser.
➤ Contribute your time to LITA (Love Is the
Answer), a nonprofit that recruits, trains
and matches volunteers with lonely elderly
residents of Marin for visits.
➤Help Marin Friends of Ferals help feral
cats by trapping them for spay/neuter.
Also consider fostering feral kittens for
eventual adoption through Marin Humane
➤AIM (Agricultural Institute of Marin)
is looking for local food enthusiasts interested in volunteering at farmers’ markets
and helping to build vibrant local food
Q & A with
1 How were you instrumental in the creation of Audubon Canyon Ranch? Mrs. Ter williger asked
me to be the president of the Marin Audubon Society to
help save Richardson Bay from being filled for a 2,000-
home marina, which inspired me to pursue other
conservation opportunities including the purchase of
four gorgeous canyons with waterfalls on Bolinas Ridge
and Bolinas Lagoon. We saved the nests of egrets and
great blue herons that nested in the canyon on Bolinas
Lagoon and educated thousands of children on the
importance of saving wildlife. We named this project
after James Audubon, who saved the birds of America
from slaughter. I’m proud of my role in this victory and
you can find out more in the book Saving the Marin-Sonoma Coast and in the film Rebels with a Cause.
2 Are you still involved in ACR? Yes, and I’m delighted to be able to see it succeed beyond
my wildest dreams. I still serve as a co-founder and
3A moment or event that altered your perception and drove you to become an environmentalist?
I was in Oregon, and I had crept to the edge of a waterfall and saw large steelhead attempting to climb
the wall of water in tail-twisting leaps. I decided
then and there to do what I could to save our rivers
4 What do you fear most for the future of our envi- ronment? We know everything is connected and
I fear for the loss of biodiversity. The birds and science
tell us of climate change and too few people are listening. We need to pay attention to what science is telling
us and act with intelligence.
5How we can protect and preserve our local andscape? Everyone should help protect open
space every where, not just in Marin. Also, stop using
household pesticides and herbicides — anything that
ends with -cide is toxic.
L. Martin “Marty” Griffin, now 98,
co-founded the Environmental Forum of
Marin and played a critical role in creat-
ing the Audubon Canyon Ranch. On his
90th birthday the ACR board officially
renamed the 1,000-acre preserve on
Bolinas Lagoon the Martin Griffin Preserve.