Is Audubon a birding organization – only? Of course, everyone loves to “bird”. It’s our common denominator. But, it that all that Audubon is about? Read this from the history of the Audubon Society:
- 1896 Harriet Hemenway and Mina Hall organize a series of afternoon teas to convince Boston society ladies to eschew hats with bird feathers. These meetings culminate in the founding of the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
- 1900 Frank Chapman proposes the first annual Christmas Bird Count as an alternative to the traditional Christmas side hunt in his publication, Bird Lore, predecessor to Audubon magazine. Congressman John F. Lacey, at the urging of Audubon members, sponsored legislation that prohibits the illegal killing of birds and animals and the importation of non-native species.
These two bits of information are taken from the National Audubon history webpage: http://www.audubon.org/about/history-audubon-and-waterbird-conservation
From its very beginning, Audubon was founded as an advocacy organization as well as a birding society. Somewhere along the way the emphasis on environmental issues has drifted to the shadows as we have all become enamored with birding. Things are changing and Audubon is turning “back to the future” in a big way. Audubon National and Audubon Arizona have moved into the forefront of the environmental movement taking very public stands on a variety of issues which are extremely pertinent today. You can’t help but read in the news about environmental issues from climate change to Arctic drilling to National Monument threats. All these and more are being addressed by Audubon these days. You are more than a happy birder; you are a part of a very powerful force that is pushing for habitat conservation. You are strongly urged to spend some time on the National website – http://www.audubon.org/ and the Arizona Audubon website: http://az.audubon.org/
National is so committed that it has published a page designed to show you how to participate in habitat for birds advocacy: http://www.audubon.org/content/how-be-effective-advocate-less-five-minutes This is an amazing resource for painless advocacy. It makes sense. Do you have a response to this article? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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