In the West we are all connected by rivers. They are the lifeblood of the wildlife, the economy, and the region's way of life. Millions of birds and more than 250 species depend on western rivers for survival, and so do we. Colorado and Wyoming’s families and businesses need clean, reliable drinking water.
Unfortunately, the health of western rivers is in jeopardy. Climate change, over-allocation, contamination, and invasive species are threatening rivers’ ability to supply water and wildlife habitat. 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.
A challenge this great can only be overcome if people like you join together. Audubon’s Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN) engages over 35,000 members and partner organizations to increase river flows and restore riparian habitat. We work with state and federal 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.
Add your voice to the Western Rivers Action Network as we rise to this historic challenge to create healthier western rivers for the birds, wildlife and people.
Birds That Rely on Western Rivers
Hooded Merganser Photo: Raymond Hennessy/Audubon Photography Awards
Become a River Advocate
Join Audubon's Western Water Action Network (WRAN) to speak up for responsible river management.