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We work with lawmakers at the local, state, and federal level to pass effective conservation policies and legislation.

Eastern Bluebird. Photo: Jim Chagares/Audubon Photography Awards

The Voice for Birds

Audubon New York is a respected and influential voice on public policy issues, and a powerful advocate for the birds and people of New York State.

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Whether meeting with lawmakers and regulators, speaking out through local media, or collaborating with partners on a coalition to protect New York’s environment, Audubon New York is committed to advancing legislation and policies that conserve and restore our shared natural resources.

Many of the same issues that affect birds also affect people.

Hundreds of thousands of New York jobs and billions of dollars of the state’s gross domestic product depend on clean water, abundant fish and wildlife, and healthy forests to thrive.

That’s why Audubon New York is working tirelessly on behalf of a healthy environment that is rich in biodiversity. Alongside 27 local chapters and 91,000 members, we are solving the state’s toughest problems, from banning offshore drilling to promoting forest regeneration.

By convening diverse stakeholders to advance critical legislation and policies, we are able to take a balanced approach to protect our most threatened bird species and the habitats they depend on in New York State.

Policy Positions
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Policy Positions

How to advance the protection of birds and the places they need this year.

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Legislative Session Updates
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Legislative Session Updates

Rolling news and updates through the 2020 legislative session.

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Take Action!
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Take Action!

Want to do more to protect birds? Lend your voice – and more – here.

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Advocacy News:

Budget Will Fund New York State Birding Trail and Reauthorize the Bond Act
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Budget Will Fund New York State Birding Trail and Reauthorize the Bond Act

— The Restore Mother Nature Bond Act, paired with historic funding levels for the Environmental Protection Fund, will enable us to substantially invest in safe recreation, clean air and water, and healthy habitats our birds need.
Audubon Urges Support of Historic Funding Levels for the Environment
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Audubon Urges Support of Historic Funding Levels for the Environment

Testimony on Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2021 Executive Budget proposal for New York State

Cuomo's 2021 Budget Proposal Delivers for the Environment
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Cuomo's 2021 Budget Proposal Delivers for the Environment

As New Yorkers rediscover the joy of birds and the outdoors, the Governor unveils a strong environmental agenda.

Delaware River Watershed Sees Growing Congressional Support, Spelling Hope for Birds
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Delaware River Watershed Sees Growing Congressional Support, Spelling Hope for Birds

In the final days of 2020, Congress boosted funding for the crucial Delaware River Basin Restoration Program and critical regional conservation efforts.

Build a Stronger, Greener New York State
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Build a Stronger, Greener New York State

Tell your Senator and Assemblymember why environmental funding matters on a local level.

Audubon New York Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State Address
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Audubon New York Statement on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 State of the State Address

Green investments rooted in renewable energy and workforce training will jumpstart the post-COVID economy.

Unprecedented Rollback of Bird Protections Cemented in Administration’s Final Days
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Unprecedented Rollback of Bird Protections Cemented in Administration’s Final Days

Finalized bird-killer policy sidesteps the courts in a clear attempt to hamstring incoming administration from being able to protect birds.

Plum Island Auction Off Table as Congress Repeals Sale Laws
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Plum Island Auction Off Table as Congress Repeals Sale Laws

After eight years of advocacy, the path is finally open for permanent protection of this unique place and its critical habitats for endangered wildlife.

New Legislation Aims to Protect Tiny Fish Vital to Seabirds
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New Legislation Aims to Protect Tiny Fish Vital to Seabirds

Audubon supports the Forage Fish Conservation Act.