Conservation

Audubon's Western Rivers Initiative

In the arid West we are all connected by rivers; they are the lifeblood of our land, our economy, our way of life.
Photo: Jim Trodel
Conservation

Audubon's Western Rivers Initiative

In the arid West we are all connected by rivers; they are the lifeblood of our land, our economy, our way of life.

In the arid West we are all connected by rivers; they are the lifeblood of our land, our economy, our way of life. Western rivers, like the Colorado River and its tributaries, provide water for tens of millions of people, including twenty-two Native American tribes and the major cities of Denver, Phoenix, Albuquerque and Tucson.

Audubon needs your help: Join the Western Rivers Action Network

Help us as we rise to this historic challenge to create healthier western rivers for the birds, wildlife and people.

We are not alone in our reliance on western rivers; many birds in this region count on these rivers, streams and springs as well.

Unfortunately the health of these rivers and the livelihood of the people and the wildlife that depend on them are in jeopardy. A combination of drought, invasive species, over-allocation and unsustainable management are running our rivers dry. Many of the birds that depend on them, like the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Bell’s Vireo, are in decline, and the future of the communities and economies surrounding the rivers is uncertain.

However, we can help. Together we can advocate for conservation actions that will increase river flow, enhance the health of our environment, and restore valuable wetlands and forests.

Join the Western Rivers Action Network 

Help us as we rise to this historic challenge to create healthier western rivers for the birds, wildlife and people.

Contact Abby Burk, Western Rivers Outreach Specialist for Audubon Rockies, to learn more. 

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