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Utah Joins Audubon Rockies

Gillmor Sanctuary and Utah Chapters are now part of Audubon Rockies.

We are excited to announce a recent change in the organizational structure of National Audubon Society. Audubon has a long history in Utah that includes Audubon’s Gillmor Sanctuary, Audubon’s Saline Lakes Program, four Audubon chapters, and the Utah Audubon Council. To enhance connectivity across the Audubon Network, Gillmor Sanctuary and Utah members and chapters have come under the umbrella of Audubon Rockies, a regional Audubon office.

What This Means for You

Audubon members in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming who are subscribed to emails from Audubon will begin to receive emails from Audubon Rockies containing Audubon-related news, information, and opportunities specific to those three states. If you do not want to receive emails from Audubon Rockies, you can unsubscribe by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails. You will still receive national emails from Audubon.

Similarly, Audubon Rockies’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts will also begin to feature content related to Gillmor Sanctuary on the shore of Great Salt Lake. If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll follow us!

About Audubon Rockies

Audubon Rockies is a regional office of National Audubon Society that formed in 2010 when Audubon Wyoming and Audubon Colorado merged. In 2018, we had ten staff working on our five main programs: Community Naturalist, Habitat Hero, Western Rivers Initiative, Conservation Ranching Initiative, and Sagebrush Ecosystem Initiative. Our headquarters is in Fort Collins, Colorado, although our work encompasses Colorado, Wyoming, and now Utah.

The addition of Utah to Audubon Rockies increases our staff size to 12, with the addition of Ella Sorensen, Gillmor Sanctuary manager, and Heidi Hoven, assistant sanctuary manager. In addition, Wayne Martinson, a former longtime Audubon employee, has joined Audubon Rockies’s board of directors.

For more information about Audubon Rockies, please visit rockies.audubon.org.

About Audubon’s Saline Lakes Program

Audubon’s Saline Lakes Program is separate from Audubon Rockies and part of Audubon’s Western Water Initiative. It focuses on regional and local approaches to advancing balanced water solutions to address the health of saline lake and wetland systems across the intermountain West. Great Salt Lake is a key part of the program, and given the connection between the lake, its wetlands, and Gillmor Sanctuary, the Saline Lakes Program staff and Gillmor staff will continue to work closely on policy-related efforts that advance conservation outcomes. The Saline Lakes Program will also continue to work with Utahn chapters and members on issues involving Utah water policy. For more information about the Saline Lakes Program, click here.

In Conclusion

We are excited about this opportunity to connect the many people who care about birds and their habitats in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at audubonrockies@audubon.org or (970) 416-6931.

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