We conduct climate research to support policy initiatives such as America the Beautiful, understand the past and project the future responses of birds to the climate. Pages for offline publishers More information The society has nearly 500 local chapters, each of which is an independent 501 (c) (non-profit) organization voluntarily affiliated with the National Audubon Society. They often organize birdwatching trips and conservation-related activities. He also coordinates the Christmas Bird Count, which is held every December in the United States.
UU. Together with Cornell, Audubon created eBird, an online database for birdwatching. The National Audubon Society also has many global partners to help birds that migrate beyond the U.S. The Audubon International Partnerships Program (IAP) brings together people from across the Western Hemisphere to work together to implement conservation solutions in areas important to birds (IBA).
In 1886, the editor of Forest and Stream, George Bird Grinnell, was appalled by the negligent mass slaughter of birds he witnessed. As a child, Grinnell had avidly read the ornithological biography, a work by the bird painter John James Audubon; he also attended a school for children run by Lucy Audubon. So when Grinnell decided to create an organization dedicated to the protection of wild birds and their eggs, he didn't have to go far to get his name. Bird protection organizations were not an entirely new idea.
Even before Grinnell's Audubon Society was organized, the American Union of Ornithologists, founded in 1883, was aware of the dangers faced by many birds in the United States. However, there were influential ornithologists who defended the bird collection. Cory, the elected president of the AOU, refused to attend a meeting of the Audubon Society of the District of Columbia stating that “I don't protect birds.”. I kill them.
In 1918, the NAS actively lobbied for the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. In the 1920s, the organization also played a vital role in convincing the U.S. The government will protect vital wildlife areas by including them in a system of national wildlife refuges. In the late 20th century, the organization began to place a new emphasis on the development of centers in urban locations, such as Brooklyn, New York; East Los Angeles, California; Phoenix, Arizona; and Seattle, Washington.
In 1934, with a minimum number of 3,500 members and with the nation plunged into the Great Depression, John H. He was an aviator of the First World War and a fervent lover of birds, and also a businessman, and he set out to strengthen society and strengthen its budgetary prosperity by publishing publications. Baker began publishing book-sized field guides on the main life forms of birds and mammals. Soon, in partnership with New York publisher Alfred A.
Knopf, the Audubon field guides, became a staple of every artist and environmentalist's library. Today, many Audubon field guides have been adapted for mobile phone applications. This series of field guides covers a wide range of topics related to nature, such as the night sky, rocks and minerals, wildflowers, and many animals. This series has sold 18 million copies and uses photographs instead of the commissioned paintings or other drawings that many other field guides have, such as Peterson's Field Guides.
During the period after World War II, the NAS was consumed by the battle over the pesticide DDT. As early as 1960, the society distributed a bill to establish pesticide control agencies at the state level. In 1962, the publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, a longtime member of Audubon, gave the campaign against persistent pesticides an enormous national forum. After his death in 1964, the NAS created a fund dedicated exclusively to the various legal struggles in the war against DDT.
Today, Audubon selects outstanding women in conservation to receive its prestigious Rachel Carson Award. Among the honorees are Bette Midler, founder of the New York Restoration Project; Dr. Sylvia Earle, oceanographer and founder of Deep Search International; Majora Carter, founder and executive director of Sustainable South Bronx; actress and conservation activist Sigourney Weaver, and NRDC president Frances Beinecke. During the 1960s and 1970s, society began to use its influence to focus attention on a wider range of environmental issues and became involved in the development of new environmental protection policies and laws.
Audubon staff and members helped legislators pass laws for clean air, clean water, wild and picturesque rivers, and endangered species. In 1969, the company opened an office in Washington, DC. By the 1970s, NAS had also extended to global interests. One area in which NAS was actively involved was whaling.
Between 1973 and 1974 alone, the poorly regulated whaling industry managed to capture 30,000 whales. But in 1985, after the 37th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Bournemouth (England), which was attended by officials from the National Audubon Society and other United States,. This moratorium has been so successful in restoring the populations of many whales that it is possible that their use not intended for consumption may once again be allowed in some areas. During the 1980s and 1990s, the National Audubon Society produced a remarkable series of documentary television specials about nature, many of which were titled The World of Audubon.
These included special offers on many animals other than birds (the traditional approach of this organization) and in natural areas such as the Great Lakes. This series included a special that documented rescue efforts to save the black-legged ferret from extinction. Arthur Unger, from the Christian Science Monitor, rated this special very favorably and wrote that this special was further proof that the Audubon series deserves a place in the splendid wildlife triumvirate on television, along with the Nature and National Geographic specials. The Audubon Medal is awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of conservation and environmental protection.
Audubon's initiatives on the Mississippi River and the Louisiana coast have helped restore coastal wetlands and rebuild the marshes of the Mississippi River Delta. The Mississippi Delta loses an area the size of Manhattan to the sea every year, eliminating coastal protections for both human communities and wildlife habitat. In Wyoming and across western Intermountain, the Audubon Sagebrush Initiative works with industry, government, ranchers and conservationists to protect 15 million acres of the central habitat of salvia grouse. It also helps promote the development of renewable energy projects in the area.
Audubon also helped ensure the preservation of 240,000 acres of wildland at Tejon Ranch, the largest land conservation area created in California history. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Audubon Society. The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and the Audubon Center in Oyster Bay, New York, were donated to New York Audubon in 1923 by Emlen Roosevelt and Christine Roosevelt in memory of their cousin, who is buried in the adjacent Youngs Memorial Cemetery. But in 1985, after the 37th annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Bournemouth (England), which was attended by officials from the National Audubon Society and other organizations of the U.
Audubon's Important Bird Area program has protected 370 million acres along the migratory routes of migratory birds in the United States and is a key part of Audubon's work with BirdLife International and other conservationists around the world. Protecting waterbird populations has been part of Audubon's mission even before the official creation of the National Audubon Society. By 1898, State-level Audubon Societies had been established in Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Illinois, Maine, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Minnesota, Texas, and California. To better understand birds and the places they need, the National Audubon Society asks community scientists to conduct bird counts starting May 5 (Great World Day) and until the end of June at priority locations along western rivers, and particularly in the Colorado River basin.
The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, across the Americas through science, promotion, education and conservation on the ground. The activities of the Audubon Society are responsible for many laws that establish gaming commissions and guard forces, or that prohibit the sale of game. In 1905, the National Audubon Society was founded, with the protection of seagulls, terns, egrets and other waterbirds among its conservation priorities. The National Audubon Society has launched a new citizen science project to document hummingbird sightings across the country, using a free mobile application that identifies bird species and the plants that feed them.