National Audubon Society
The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth's biological diversity. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences. Audubon is making progress protecting habitat on-the-ground, while its public policy office in Washington, D.C. connects Audubon with Congress, the executive branch, courts, and mass media to ensure our great natural heritage endures for generations.
Audubon's strategic plan sets a goal of protecting birds during every point of their lifecycles throughout the Americas. Guided by our science to inform our actions and our policies, Audubon maximizes its conservation results by focusing on five strategies critical for birds: 1. Coasts: Audubon and its partners in Latin America work to protect and restore resilient coastlines to strengthen populations of shorebirds and preserve critical breeding, stopover and wintering sites in vital habitats along the coasts of the Americas. Audubon and its chapters work in 1,090 coastal sites over more than 100,000 miles for the benefit of shorebirds. In FY18, Audubon chapters in California supported the recovery of the endangered Western Snowy Plover by monitoring nests, protecting wintering birds and other measures that contributed to an increase in the bird's population above a critical 3,000 individual threshold. 2. Working Lands: Working lands represent one the best hopes for conservation. More than half the land in the lower 48 states, more than 1 billion acres, are made up of these parcels of forests, ranches and farms. Audubon works with landowners, land managers, private industry and government agencies to create bird friendly, sustainable land-management practices on the millions of acres across the hemisphere that are dedicated to agriculture and grazing. Audubon's conservation ranching program promotes science-backed, bird-friendly grazing protocols that are now being used on 600,000 acres on ranches across five states: Missouri, Colorado, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota - and is on track to reach 1 million acres in 2019. Audubon's policy staff are working to preserve language in the latest Farm Bill that dedicates funding to conservation. 3. Water: Audubon advocates for sustainable water-use policies, engaging our network and our policy expertise to influence water management decisions than balance the needs of birds, people and economies in targeted rivers, lakes, and deltas throughout the United States. Audubon uses robust data to better understand the trade-offs resulting from various water policies on ecosystem health and economies. By involving our technical experts and network, we are enhancing the functionality of habitats across priority landscapes. This year, Audubon and its diverse coalition of more than 65,000 birders, hunters, brewers, and anglers, were at the table as seven states worked to gather support for the Drought Contingency Plan that ensures a sustainable water future for the entire Southwest. Our California team helped secure nearly $4 billion in funding for climate work and water sustainability, including $200 million to keep water in the Salton Sea, a migratory stopover for 400 bird species. Keeping the Salton Sea alive also prevents chemical dust clouds from coating the Imperial and Coachella Valleys, causing a health crisis for millions of people. 4. Climate: Audubon seeks to protect the places birds need in a warming world, and advocate for significant public policy changes by tapping our unparalleled network and bipartisan membership to support solutions at the state and local levels. In FY18, Audubon was one of the first green groups to support a Republican-sponsored federal carbon tax, which originated in the House of Representatives. Through our advocacy work, we helped find other Republicans who were willing to co-sponsor the bill, showing that action on climate change truly is a bipartisan issue. Audubon and its network of chapters, members and activists are working in key states such as Arkansas and South Carolina and congressional districts to push for meaningful action on climate change at the local, state, and federal levels. And more than 600 dedicated volunteers have signed up to lead climate initiatives in their communities, harnessing the energy of the more than 264,000 Audubon members who have signed up as climate activists. 5. Bird-Friendly Communities: Audubon's Bird-Friendly Communities work provides food, shelter and safe passage to birds across the landscape, but especially in America's cities and towns where birds and people intersect the most. By the end of FY18, more than 230,000 people used Audubon's Plants for Birds online native plant finder with the support of the Coleman and Susan Burke Center for Native Plants. Audubon's native-plants program has engaged more than 130,000 people to create suitable habitat in backyards, local parks and commercial property to attract and protect birds and other habitat. Chapters, centers and volunteers have planted more than 1,860,000 plants and logged more than 100,000 volunteer hours to create habitat based on native plants. Building the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders: Audubon's fellowship initiatives are proof of our commitment to the future of a diverse conservation movement. Audubon fellows are leaders-in-training in the disciplines of environmental communications, conservation education, field organizing, field biology, public policy, geospatial information systems, and much more. Field conservation programs operate Audubon's 23 regional and state offices and combine local policy, science and on the ground conservation efforts to advance Audubon's mission and meet today's unprecedented environmental challenges. The field conservation programs also connect the work of Audubon chapters, nature centers, volunteers, partners, and other supporters along each of the four migratory flyways. Through this work, Audubon weaves a seamless web to achieve full lifecycle conservation for both migratory and non-migratory species. Integrated, shared flyway conservation goals enhance our impact, and coordinated resources and expertise increases efficiency across the network.
National conservation programs focus and align Audubon's unparalleled network to meet today's unprecedented environmental challenges. National conservation provides strategy, expertise and leadership for Audubon's conservation work and ensures efforts are integrated for maximum effectiveness. National programs include: - Climate initiative works to protect the places birds need in a warmer world, and advocate for significant public policy changes at the local, state and federal levels. Audubon seeks to create greater demand for change on the climate issue by building sustained grassroots influence among Audubon's bipartisan, 1 million members and supporters. Our work includes action to protect and monitor climate strongholds (places where birds will have the best chance to survive), and influence policies and regulations that reduce greenhouse gases and encourage renewable energy. - Network works to increase the capacity, diversity, connectedness and effectiveness of Audubon's network. Working with Audubon staff in state offices and centers, and our 454 independent chapters, network develops tools and programs that advance our shared conservation priorities. The goal is to bring Audubon's conservation mission to life in communities through creative and relevant local action that achieves lasting outcomes and builds durable public support for birds and conservation. Audubon nature centers are one of the principle elements of Audubon's network reaching a million visitors each year. - Science engages in research and analysis to support the development of our conservation strategies, and build our authority as a science-led leader. The science program establishes common metrics to track progress across initiatives and flyways, including biological response of species, and acres of habitat restored protected or managed. It conducts community science bird monitoring and data collection through the Christmas bird count and great backyard bird count, and the climate watch program, to gain a unique view on bird trends across the hemisphere to identify and understand threats like climate change. Science's work was at the center of the climate initiative launch, based on an analysis of more than 100 years of observations from our community scientists that indicated that more than half of America's 314 bird species are in peril from changing climatic conditions. - Policy uses a centrist approach to environmental advocacy that has earned a reputation as a trusted and influential voice. We combine grassroots organizing, advocacy and communication to support large state and multi-state efforts such as: The restoration of large iconic ecosystems, like the Arctic Slope in Alaska, the wetlands of the everglades, and the Mississippi river delta; protection of 2,838 important bird areas covering approximately 400 million acres of public and private lands; and safeguarding common sense laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. - Marketing & engagement builds the size and effectiveness of Audubon's network of supporters and volunteers so that more people take action for birds and the environment. We reach supporters through a variety of channels including www.audubon.org, social media, email marketing, and Audubon magazine, which reaches approximately 1.5 million readers. In April 2015, Audubon acquired the assets on digital applications bearing the Audubon branded nature guides. The guides have been downloaded more than 1 million times, and advance Audubon's mission of educating people about birds. - Hemispheric Strategy works through partner organizations as part of Birdlife International to deliver concrete, on the ground actions that address critical threats to Audubon's priority bird species. Audubon provides science, technical expertise, and policy development tools to build the conservation capacities of in-country organizations. Audubon collaborates with international partners in nine countries on conservation work and five more to foster grassroots action on climate change issues. We are the Birdlife International partner for the United States. - Diversity and inclusion is a core value and strategic imperative for Audubon. Achieving our conservation goals requires authentic representation of all the communities we work in to build a brighter future for birds. Audubon's diversity and inclusion efforts will broaden our network of supporters and increase our staff diversity, inspiring more people to work and conserve more habitats. - Audubon is dedicated to building the next generation of conservation leaders through fellowship initiatives focused on the future of a diverse conservation movement. Audubon fellows are leaders-in-training in the disciplines of environmental communications, conservation education, field organizing, field biology, public policy, geospatial information systems, and much more: 1. Walker Communications Fellowship: This innovative vehicle enlists young writers, videographers, and social media experts to convey Audubon's work to their peers. The project offers fellows leadership training and opportunities, while Audubon learns from them how to connect with a more diverse, urban constituency. 2. The Mackenzie Fellowship, launched in 2018 and Audubon's newest fellowship, focuses on building nature-based leadership skills to connect kids from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to conservation. The fellows are based in Audubon nature centers in Arizona and Texas, and are being trained in Audubon conservation education methods that provide life-changing outdoor experiences to high school students. 3. Dangermond fellows are being trained for leadership roles in conservation science, public policy, and digital mapping careers. They build geospatial mapping tools that help our scientists and policy experts visualize and advocate for solutions that meet community priorities and protect birds and the places they need at the same time. 4. The Schneider Fellowship helps Audubon carry out its climate change policy and advocacy work at the federal level. During their tenure at Audubon, the fellows work directly with Audubon's D.C.-based policy experts to support internal and external efforts to develop and advance policy and legislative solutions to address a changing climate. Audubon is dedicated to providing a work environment that prioritizes fairness and respect, and a workplace free of any kind of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics or veteran status.