Thank you to the 1,075 generous Year End donors who helped us reach our goal of $150,000 which will be doubled in value to put $300,000 toward protecting and restoring our beautiful bay. Our donors keep us moving forward to reach goals that our courageous co-founders started in 1961.
Save The Bay’s co-founder Sylvia McLaughlin continues to be an inspiration to staff, board, volunteers and members. And on December 24, over 500 of you sent warm birthday wishes to Sylvia thanking her for leadership and vision to protect and restore San Francisco Bay. Here are just a few of the inspirational and heartfelt birthday messages she received from other passionate Bay savers:
Happy Birthday Sylvia!! What a wonderful thing you did to start an organization to save the Bay. Hope your birthday is extra special!!
Happy Birthday and a world full of thanks! It’s because of you that my birding friends, my husband and I can spend many happy hours watching migrating birds that visit our bay and those who call it home year-round. Happy, happy birthday!
You and Save The Bay have changed my Life. I never take our San Francisco Bay fauna and flora for granted, and I can never walk by plastic debris without the urge to pick it up and dispose of it properly. Thank you for a legacy of respect for our environment that has rippled in my family.
Happy Birthday. You have done well through tireless advocacy and environmental activism. Please know that the world will be better because of you.
Happy Birthday, Sylvia! And thank you for your love of our open space, coasts, wetlands, waterways, birds, and wildlife – and your lifelong support to protect and cherish these.
“The biggest part of our whole effort was to create awareness about the Bay and its connection to everyone around it. I just hope people continue to appreciate the treasure of the San Francisco Bay. We want this to be here for those who came after us and beyond.” – Sylvia McLaughlin
On New Year’s Day, as I’ve done for the past 9 years, I immersed myself in the icy ocean. I think of this polar bear plunge ritual as a sort of reset. Whether the group of fellow plungers that joins me is small or large, I’m always filled with a deep sense of possibility. If we can motivate ourselves to leave warm beds on New Year’s Day and do something so bold, what else can we accomplish this year?
Many people make resolutions for the year. What’s on your list? After the indulgent holiday months, maybe you’ve committed to a new diet and exercise plan, or a tighter budget. Perhaps you will finally finish that project or change that bad habit. In the spirit of the New Year, here are a few of my resolutions for the Bay. Feel free to add them to your list.
1. Explore – The San Francisco Bay area has an incredible wealth of open spaces. Explore a new section of the Bay Trail, take a bike ride, or visit our local parks. Exercise outside and cross two items off your list!
2. Try new things – Looking for a fun and free activity? Come plant with Save The Bay this season. It’s easy to sign up to volunteer online and we have public programs every week. Explore a new part of the Bay and volunteer at a different site each month.
3. Kick the plastic bag habit – Fortunately, plastic bag bans have passed in dozens of communities around the Bay, and they are working to reduce toxic trash from flowing into our waterways. These ordinances help motivate us to remember our own bags. Check out our tips to kick the bag habit.
4. Keep learning – Are you curious about San Francisco Bay? Explore the environment, history, and species of the Bay from your own computer. Visit our Virtual Marsh.
5. Enjoy the view –The next time you find yourself with a stunning view of the Bay, take a moment to appreciate our great natural treasure. Feel grateful for the pioneers who fought to protect our Bay over 50 years ago, and make a commitment to another year of saving the Bay. Snap a photo and share it.