As I write this, it has been virtually a 12 months since I used to be chosen as the primary girl CEO within the Nationwide Audubon Society’s 117-year historical past. I’ve been reflecting on the 12 months’s highlights and the way our work encompasses totally different aspects of the identical core crucial to guard birds and the locations they want. We have to work the place birds are all through their lives and work in ways in which assist the individuals who stay alongside them. We have to deal with present threats and people who birds and other people will face because the local weather continues to alter.
Over the previous 12 months, our work in the USA and all through the hemisphere took large leaps ahead in conservation, coverage, and science. Among the many most notable, the Bezos Earth Fund invested $12 million in Conserva Aves, a partnership fashioned by the Audubon Americas program. Conserva Aves helps native communities’ and Indigenous peoples’ efforts to determine and strengthen protections for shut to five million acres of important chook habitat in 9 Latin American international locations.
Audubon additionally helped construct momentum for the Inflation Discount Act—probably the most important local weather laws ever to turn out to be legislation in the USA. The act, which requires $60 billion in clear vitality infrastructure, $3 billion for environmental justice tasks, and billions extra invested to speed up local weather motion, is the results of months of advocacy and schooling by Audubon workers, chapters, and membership. Our efforts harnessed near 70,000 actions in assist of passing the invoice.
This 12 months additionally noticed the launch of one in all Audubon’s biggest science and expertise achievements. I’m stuffed with awe and immense delight for the brand new Chook Migration Explorer, a device that helps chook lovers and scientists alike perceive the total life cycle of birds, how they migrate every spring and fall, and what threats they encounter at each stage of their journey. Years within the making, this marks a pivotal second for chook conservation and the partnerships that made it occur. Up to now, greater than 150,000 folks have logged onto the Chook Migration Explorer to be taught extra about birds, the challenges they face, and the magic of migration.
So what’s arising subsequent? For the primary few months of 2023, we might be crafting our subsequent strategic plan, constructing on our accomplishments, and honing the place we see alternatives for profitable conservation. I might be sharing extra about our imaginative and prescient and technique in 2023.
Audubon’s work doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It occurs as a result of we, collectively, need to make the world a greater place for birds and other people. I need to thank each one in all you who listened to what the birds have been telling us and acted: those that wrote a letter to native lawmakers, grew native vegetation, participated in a group science venture, or renewed your Audubon membership. Might the winter vacation season convey pleasure and renewal to you and your households.
This piece initially ran within the Winter 2022 situation. To obtain our print journal, turn out to be a member by making a donation as we speak.