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!
Action Opportunities are Listed Below
Protect Fish and Wildlife in Washington
Birds, people, and our shared habitat rely on the protection and preservation provided by a strong Department of Fish and Wildlife. For years, Washington’s Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) has faced a significant budget shortfall. WDFW requested $60 million last legislative session to fill the gap and provide improved services and innovative conservation programs. Unfortunately, the 2019-20 Operating Budget funded less than half of what’s needed for the agency to meet the demands of Washingtonians for our outdoor heritage.
Continued underfunding means that the threatened species and habitats most in need of attention will face further cuts. Due to a lack of support from the General Fund, protections for Sharp-tailed Grouse, Tufted Puffins and other imperiled bird species identified under State Wildlife Action Plans currently make up less than five percent of WDFW’s budget. They need more resources, not less, and they can’t wait any longer.
Tell WA Legislators: Lead on Climate in 2020
The 2020 legislative session has officially begun, and we need you to keep up the momentum for Washington’s historic leadership on climate action!
Last year, our state made history by passing the strongest 100% clean electricity bill in the country. This year, we need to make sure that our climate pollution reduction targets are scientifically up to date and that we start the work of cleaning up our transportation system.
This is a fast and short session, with hearings already scheduled for many of our priorities. Birds tell us we must act now on climate and we are their last best hope for a stable future. It all depends on what we do right now. Contact your legislators today to tell them that protecting birds and people from climate change is within reach, but we must act.
Thank our Representatives for their Leadership on the Wild Olympics Bill
On December 5th, the House Natural Resources Committee passed Representative Derek Kilmer’s landmark Wild Olympics bill favorably out of the Committee’s markup. This means they recommend the Full House consider and approve the bill.
Please take a moment right now to thank Representative Derek Kilmer and our Senate champion, Senator Patty Murray for their leadership on Wild Olympics. Email and thank Representative Kilmer for securing a successful hearing in the House, and Senator Murray for being our Senate Champion. Our elected representatives always appreciate positive feedback from constituents for actions they are taking.
Protect Birds From Climate Change
Audubon’s science shows that almost half of North American bird species are threatened by climate change. The survival of some of our most beloved species is dependent on our ability to quickly and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in part by shifting to clean energy sources.
Ask your elected officials to support the Better Energy Storage Technology Act of 2019! The Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act of 2019 invests in the innovative technology needed to make the transition to clean energy sources.
Endangered Species Act In Trouble
Congress is moving quickly to gut the Endangered Species Act, America’s strongest and most important law for protecting wildlife.
The Endangered Species Act has a proven track record of success in providing a safety net that protects our most vulnerable wildlife. It has prevented 99 percent of the species under its care from going extinct, including America’s symbol, the Bald Eagle. We should allow this critical law to continue to protect wildlife for future generations, not undermine it.
Urge your Representative to Protect Seabirds
Today, there are three hundred million fewer seabirds in the world than there were in 1950, a population decline of seventy percent. Recently, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife drafted a recovery plan for the declining population of the Tufted Puffin in Washington state. One of several reasons for the decline is the lack of prey fish.
A new bill in Congress would help these essential fish populations to rebound and become more stable for the seabirds and other marine wildlife, people, and economies that depend on them.
Pledge to Defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
We, the American people, oppose drilling in our nation’s wildest refuge. We will not give up. Audubon stands united with other conservation organizations and the Gwich’in people in our efforts to prevent drilling in this nursery for millions of migratory birds, polar bears, and the Porcupine Caribou Herd. We are working together with other groups to collect 200,000 pledges—one for every caribou that depends on the Arctic Refuge.