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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:

Passed! Historic Wetlands Protections Included in New York State Budget
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Passed! Historic Wetlands Protections Included in New York State Budget

Critical reforms will protect more than 1 million acres of freshwater wetlands, and millions of migratory and nesting birds.

New York's 2022-23 State Budget Wins for Birds
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New York's 2022-23 State Budget Wins for Birds

Governor's budget proposal includes landmark funding to create jobs and protect freshwater wetlands

Audubon Applauds New Rules to Protect Irreplaceable Wetlands
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Audubon Applauds New Rules to Protect Irreplaceable Wetlands

New York Governor Hochul’s budget proposal would conserve more than 1 million acres of freshwater wetlands.

Key Takeaways from Governor Kathy Hochul's 2022 State of the State Address
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Key Takeaways from Governor Kathy Hochul's 2022 State of the State Address

Audubon is proud to see New York commit to taking urgent action on freshwater wetlands and to advancing more measures that will help birds and people.

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.