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Western Rivers Action Network

In the arid West, rivers are the lifeblood of our land, our economy, our way of life.
Colorado River, Grand Canyon Photo: Abby Burk
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Western Rivers Action Network

In the arid West, rivers are the lifeblood of our land, our economy, our way of life.

Protecting our Western rivers and the habitats we need

Millions of migrating birds representing over 250 species depend on key Western rivers for their survival. Over 100 species spend some portion of their life cycle in riparian areas and many of these species are now threatened or endangered - as demands increase but water supplies dwindle.  Join us in promoting environmental flows for our rivers. Help protect our rivers and the birds, wildlife, and communities that depend on them.

National Audubon Society President and CEO, David Yarnold, on the Western Rivers Action Network

Our Western rivers and wetlands are at risk

Healthy flowing rivers benefit all water uses and users. River health translates directly to the health of our families, wildlife, economy, agriculture, and river recreation. Healthy rivers are at the very heart of what we value.

Western rivers, like the Colorado River and its tributaries, provide essential water for our economies, our quality of life, and habitats we need. Unfortunately, the health of these rivers and the livelihood of the people and the wildlife that depend on them are at risk. A combination of drought, invasive species, contamination, over-allocation and unsustainable management are often running our rivers dry. 

Water security for birds and people

Many of the birds that depend on healthy flowing rivers and their riparian habitats are in decline. Over 100 bird species rely on riparian areas during some portion of their life cycle, and many of these species are now threatened or endangered as water demands increase but supplies dwindle. Audubon’s Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN) works with over 37,000 members and partner organizations advocating for conservation actions that increase river flows, enhance the health of our environment, and restore valuable riparian and wetland areas. To achieve this, Audubon works with state and federal resource agencies, cities, and agricultural producers to keep more water in rivers, adopt bird-friendly practices, and improve water management for the Colorado River Basin’s urban, agricultural, and ecological needs.

We are in this together

We cannot do this good work for rivers and birds without you. Together we can advocate for conservation actions that will increase river flow, enhance the health of our environment, and restore valuable wetlands and riparian habitats. We are all in this together, and together we can make a difference. Help our rivers and the birds, wildlife, and communities they support: JOIN WRAN NOW

WRAN is Audubon's multi-state grassroots effort to protect rivers

Click here to join Audubon's Western Rivers Action Network as we rise to this historic challenge to create healthier western rivers for birds, other wildlife, and people.

Contact Abby Burk, Western Rivers Program Lead / Audubon Rockies, to get involved protecting our rivers.

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