Our new Director of Philanthropy Cindy Margulis has been a longtime friend, ally, and supporter of Bird Rescue. She first encountered Bird Rescue in emergency response mode during the 2007 Cosco Busan Oil Spill in San Francisco Bay. She credits the calm, focus and competence of the team in that high-pressure situation as making an indelible impression on her. Cindy says she resolved, then and there, to do whatever she could to help this team that saves birds’ lives.
In her own words: “My fascination with birds deepened when, as a docent at the Oakland Zoo, I developed a close relationship with a rescued parrot while producing live animal shows for zoo visitors every Sunday. That Amazon Parrot opened my mind to the world of social birds. Grabbing my camera and heading out to local Bay shorelines, I focused on learning all about the swirling mixed flocks of shorebirds and the fabulous array of waterbirds, whose beauty when foraging, preening, roosting, or flying mesmerized me. I fell in love.”
Cindy has lived in the SF Bay region for more than 20 years and is known for her passion for inspiring people to care for wildlife–especially the amazing species of birds that grace our watersheds. In her spare time, Cindy has advocated for and monitored local birds. She served as a docent and Trustee of the Oakland Zoo, and as a docent for the East Bay Regional Park District. For years, she assisted USFWS in monitoring a colony of endangered California Least Terns. And she monitored a winter roosting population of Snowy Plovers and a breeding colony of Great and Snowy Egrets for SF Bay Bird Observatory.
Before joining Bird Rescue’s staff, Cindy served for five years as Executive Director for Golden Gate Audubon. While there, she arranged a collaboration with International Bird Rescue and the Oakland Zoo that saved the lives of hundreds of vulnerable herons and egrets stranded on downtown streets in Oakland, CA, over several seasons. Cindy also envisioned and launched the popular Osprey public outreach initiative and yearlong centennial festivities that inspired thousands of people to appreciate and protect birds. Just last summer, Oakland Magazine ran a feature article about her: http://www.oaklandmagazine.com/September-2019/Cindy-Margulis-Is-an-Avian-Advocate/
We are pleased to welcome Cindy aboard as Director of Philanthropy. She has devoted most of her professional career to creating strong and valuable relationships, including helping to establish and manage win-win relationships with alliance partners. Now, as a member of Bird Rescue’s leadership team, Cindy will strengthen the network of essential donor and alliance relationships that empower Bird Rescue’s life-saving work.