Audubon Rockies' top achievements for bird conservation
Greater Sage-Grouse. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive.
Audubon Rockies is the regional office of the National Audubon Society for Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. Using science, outreach, and policy, we holistically address the core threats to birds in our region. We are an inclusive, nonpartisan bird conservation organization that collaborates with diverse stakeholders in order to find solutions that benefit birds and communities. We believe that where birds thrive, people prosper.
There is no way around it, 2020 has been a rough ride. The assaults on our air, water, and wildlife have been consistent and unrelenting. Climate change has shown no mercy as drought and wildfires sweep across our states. This year has been like none other, and yet, we persisted.
In a time when things seemed hopeless, Audubon Rockies and our supporters kept moving forward, continuing to be a voice for the birds across the West. Despite numerous attacks on the 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse plans, Audubon and our partners argued on behalf of the grouse and won a significant legal battle. With support from grassroots advocates and partners, we helped pass a key river conservation law in Colorado. And despite the pandemic, we managed to engage thousands of people in outreach and education by adopting virtual events.
Even in the fray of what seems to be an endless stream of bad news, I want to remind us all that there is always hope; there is always change for good. As you read this report, I hope you see Audubon Rockies as a force for good, one that is not going to give up or give in. Together we will continue to work on—and improve—climate change, habitat loss, and inequality.
While equality has always been a value of Audubon Rockies, we have not done enough to actively incorporate it into our work. We know that people of all identities deserve a healthy environment and access to the joy of birds. We also know that the more people conservation includes, the better off birds will be. But we at Audubon need to be more proactive in serving a greater diversity of communities.
The year 2021 brings yet more uncertainty, but also hope. To all our chapters, members, and supporters, thank you for standing alongside us in this fight for our birds and their habitats. Our future is bright.
Yours in conservation,
Executive Director, Audubon Rockies
Vice President, National Audubon Society
Photo: Keith Bruno
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