Conservation Action Alerts – Birds and Wildlife Need You!
The only way we’ll be successful in our conservation efforts is with your help.
We know that lawmakers care about your views and opinions. As a constituent, you have a unique ability to convey your concerns about issues affecting birds, wildlife and their habitats.
Helping is easy, won’t take much time, and most importantly, will go a very long way in protecting our birds and wildlife!
Protect Washington’s Marbled Murrelets! (updated February 15, 2017)
Tell the Washington State Department of Natural Resources that you want them to preserve the older forest habitat that nesting Marbled Murrelets need. The loss of the Marbled Murrelet’s nesting habitat on state lands over the past two decades has been dramatic, largely due to logging. Since 2001, the murrelet’s population in Washington has plummeted by 44 percent.
State and federal agencies have prepared a management plan for the recovery of the Marbled Murrelet. Sadly, projections for all of the proposed strategies show a continued population decline for the Marbled Murrelet. The proposed alternatives simply do not set aside enough contiguous older forest habitat to allow our state’s Marbled Murrelet populations to stabilize and recover.
You can send these sample comments, or edit the letter with your own words (highly recommended) for even greater impact. The deadline to send comments is March 9.NOTE: Your message will be sent directly to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and will become part of the public record.
Need more information to comment? Read these draft comments to help you compose your letter.
New! Maria Mudd Ruth, author of Rare Bird, Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet, has shared an easy to understand explanation of Alternative G, the Conservation Alternative supported by OPAS. Click this link to read about Alternative G and how you can provide your own personal comments.
Support Legislative Action on Climate Change – Audubon WA (Dec, 2016)
Looking forward, we anticipate that conservation action at the state and local level will become increasingly important to help us advance policies that protect birds, the places they need, and the communities that steward them. Our elected officials work on policy based on what they hear from the constituents they serve.
As we prepare for the 2017 legislative session, now is the perfect time to re-engage with your state decision makers. Reach out today. Remind them that we need leadership and action to address the impacts of climate change. You are expecting them to take actions that will protect habitat for birds and our communities. Don’t hesitate to contact your local decision makers with this message, too.
In the months ahead, there will be opportunities to participate in local, climate-centered advocacy trainings. We also invite you to join us at Audubon Advocacy Day in Olympia this February. Watch for more information soon on this chance to stretch your activist muscle and be the voice for birds in our state Capitol!
Action Alert! Endangered Species Act in Jeopardy
America’s strongest and most important law for protecting wildlife, the Endangered Species Act, is under a coordinated assault. More than 80 bills and amendments have been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate that would dismantle the Act, and dozens of policy provisions in year-end legislation threaten numerous birds and other wildlife.
Action Alert! Albatross and Petrels Need Our Help
Albatross and petrels are some of the most endangered birds on the planet. These species spend most of their lives on the open ocean, but too often die tragic deaths after becoming hooked on fishing lines and drowning. To ensure the survival of these magnificent birds, we need international cooperation. The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) coordinates and advances protections for these birds, but the United States has yet to sign on. Now, legislation has been introduced that would enable the U.S. to join this treaty.
Action Alert! – Permanently Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Every year, countless numbers of birds hatched in the vibrant tundra and wetlands of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge migrate across each of the 50 states to their wintering grounds.
The astonishing habitat of the Arctic Refuge supports nesting birds such as Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, Snowy Owls, Golden Eagles, a multitude of songbirds, and more. The biological heart of the Refuge—and vital nesting ground for these birds—is a 1.5-million-acre region between the Arctic Ocean and the mountains, known as the coastal plain. But the threat of oil and gas drilling has hung over the coastal plain for decades.
The pressure to drill for oil and gas continues to threaten the Refuge. Multiple bills introduced this Congress would open the coastal plain to drilling, which would create a spider web of infrastructure, eliminate crucial habitat, and risk a devastating oil spill. Some places are too special to drill.
Last year, President Obama called on Congress to protect the Arctic Refuge as Wilderness. That designation benefits the Refuge and the vast array of wildlife and Alaska Native communities that depend on it. It’s time for Congress to act.
Action Alert: Support Bird-friendly Buildings Legislation.
Building collisions kill millions of bird each year, and many of these needless deaths can be prevented. A new bill would promote bird-friendly materials and design features at federal buildings.
Please urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor and support the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act, a bipartisan, no-cost common-sense solution to help birds avoid collisions with buildings. Read a sample letter and send comments.