Creating Bird Friendly Communities in 2014
When the Eastside Audubon board met in August for its second retreat of the year, the focus was on bringing nationwide Audubon strategies into our own back yards.
By Linda Gresky
Following the National Audubon Society plan of “One Audubon,” our chapter will adopt and localize two NAS themes that are relevant to our service area on the Pacific Flyway: Creating Bird Friendly Communities and Shaping a Healthy Climate and Clean Energy Future.
Creating Bird Friendly Communities
Most Americans live in cities or suburbs, and they can play a critical role in fostering healthy wildlife populations and communities. Rural regions have an outsized opportunity to contribute.
As the leading voice for birds, Audubon aims to inspire the one in five adults who watch birds to make daily lifestyle choices that add up to real conservation impact.
With our chapter encompassing cities, suburbs, and rural areas along a major migration flyway, we can lead the way toward backyard habitat improvements with far-reaching benefits for birds and wildlife.
Shaping a Healthy Climate and Clean Energy Future
Climate change poses an unprecedented threat not just to birds but to biodiversity and our shared quality of life.
National Audubon is responding with an equally unprecedented combination of strategies: advancing policies to reduce carbon emissions, supporting well-sited green energy, and leading adaptive land management practices to mitigate the impact of sea level rise and climate change.
In support, Eastside Audubon plans to educate our community and advocate publicly on regional issues that align with the Audubon drive for a clean energy future. As our members have urged, we'll continue our active opposition to coal transport through the Pacific Northwest.
Bringing It Home
For 2014, EAS plans to create programs that will support bird-friendly communities and a clean energy future, while spotlighting two local species that are of global concern: the Rufous Hummingbird and Varied Thrush.
This focus will help us integrate efforts across the organization — in conservation, youth education, and birding. Guaranteed: many opportunities for members to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, even on an occasional basis, please contact Linda Gresky.
Photo: Varied Thrush, by Mick Thompson