Birds inform us of the health of our surrounding ecosystems, both terrestrial and aquatic. From clean air and water to support the iconic western landscapes, many of the same issues that touch people also touch birds. That’s why Audubon’s staff works tirelessly on behalf of a healthy environment, rich in biodiversity.
Audubon Rockies’ environmental policy, education, and science experts guide lawmakers, agencies, and our strong grassroots in shaping effective conservation plans, action, and the policies to that protect birds and their habitats. Science guides our policy decisions, supporting habitat management and conservation actions. Audubon feels strongly that without education and grassroots outreach – both children and adult – our achievements will be short-live. Our education goals are to instill an appreciation for nature and a conservation ethic for generations to come.
As more demands are placed on the lands around us, Audubon Rockies’ strives to find balanced solutions that are based on the best available science. Audubon staff is proud to work with a network of independent Audubon chapters and partners both within and outside the conservation community to achieve meaningful actions that benefit natural ecosystems in Wyoming and Colorado. For important avian and wildlife habitat:
- Audubon recommends avoidance of habitat disturbance/destruction as the most effective means of protection. To the greatest extent possible, rare, unique, or sensitive habitats should be off limits to activities that cause habitat loss/alterations and disturbances.
- Where avoidance is not feasible, impacts should be minimized through scientifically defensible practices. Compensatory mitigation should be considered as a last resort and occur in a manner where existing habitat on or away from the project site is protected or enhanced.
- Audubon encourages developers and land management entities to consult with wildlife experts, including Audubon staff and local chapters, to help inform study and siting decisions.