San Diego has many organizations that help preserve and help the local wildlife. Most of the organizations rely on volunteers and donations to keep their work going. Here is a small, non-comprehensive list of some of the organizations that could use donations during the holiday season. Click on the links on each organization’s name to find out more about them.
Audubon Society -- San Diego County has three Audubon Society chapters: San Diego, Palomar, and Buena Vista. All of them promote birding, habitat protection/preservation, and work to help save endangered species. They also have a large educational component with children’s programs and activities to promote awareness of the environment around them. There is also a California Audubon Society.
Earth Discovery Institute – Helps maintain trails and restore habitat in many areas of San Diego County, especially around Rancho Jamul, Crestwood Ecological Reserve, and many other east county locations. They also promote environmental education, citizen science, and habitat reconstruction.
Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve -- Maintains the preserve in the South Bay and helps with habitat restoration and environmental education of nature in the area. They also have volunteer projects to protect snowy plovers and least terns as well as other species of animals, birds and plants.
Living Coast Discovery Center – Though they managed to raise donations to keep their center open for this year, they still need donations all year-round. The center not only has a large, interactive educational component, they also help protect endangered species such as the light-footed clapper rail.
Project Wildlife – The only state licensed rescue and wildlife rehab facility in San Diego County. They often take on more animals then they can have money to care for. Donations to this organization go for food and medical care for injured wildlife.
Emergency Animal Rescue – They work out in the field helping to get animals out of dangerous situations. Their work also includes domestic animals caught in flooded areas, trapped by earthquake debris and injured or trapped wild animals.