June 30th was the final day of our 2017-2018 program year – fiscally speaking – and what a year it was! We educated students, landowners and beach-goers about ways they can take action for the benefit of birds, we installed hundreds of bird-friendly native plants, and we continued to be the voice for birds, advocating for environmentally-sound policy decisions.
June also marked the end of New York State’s legislative session, and we saw success on one of our top priorities, a bill making state-owned lands in the towns of Argyle, Fort Edward, and Kingsbury in Washington County subject to taxation, which will facilitate public acquisition and protection of critical grassland habitat in that area by eliminating negative impacts on local tax bases. We also saw progress on two bills for which Audubon New York advocated that would ban offshore drilling and protect Atlantic Menhaden from overfishing. More updates on our legislative priorities can be found here.
To those who continue to give generously in support of Audubon New York’s work, those who are active in their local communities on behalf of our beautiful birds, and those new friends who are learning about all the ways we protect New York’s natural resources for birds and people – we thank you. Your generosity makes our science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation work possible.
Below you will find more updates from our statewide network.
Ana Paula Tavares
Audubon NY and Audubon CT
VP and Senior Advisor to International Alliances
National Audubon Society
NEWS FROM AROUND THE NY NETWORK
- BIRD-FRIENDLY COMMUNITIES | Join the Montezuma Alliance for the Restoration of Species & Habitats
- CLIMATE | Plants for Birds in a Warming World
- WORKING LANDS | Domtar & AFF Announce Partnership for Forest Conservation and Bird Habitat We’re working with industry to realize our working lands conservation objectives.
- WATER | Be a Voice for Birds & the Places They Need In June we attended the public hearing on development of Action Plan 3 for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
- CHAPTER HIGHLIGHT | 2018 is Proclaimed the Year of the Bird Throughout Westchester County
SPOTLIGHT ON "BE A GOOD EGG"
Be a Good Egg is an outreach initiative that is implemented by Audubon staff, chapters, volunteers, and other conservation partners. We strive to reduce human disturbance threats to coastal birds by raising awareness and encouraging people to “share the shore” with birds while visiting the beach. With your help, we can protect New York’s beach-nesting and migratory coastal birds.Join us today by pledging to Be a Good Egg!