CONSERVATION

Help Conserve Wildlife

There are many ways you can get involved. To be part of Aiken Audubon’s Conservation Team or to simply ask about regional issues, contact Conservation Chair Linda Hodges at hikerhodges@gmail.com. You can also sign up for e-alerts from the National Audubon Society and e-mail alerts from Audubon Colorado. Check out this site that tells how to write a congressional letter. Denver Audubon maintains links to current bills before the state legislature, as well as other Colorado issues and campaigns.

Aiken Audubon is also involved with Colorado Field Ornithologists, Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count, and other programs designed to conserve both wildlife and habitat.

National Audubon Society Take Action! campaigns in progress.

Sign Up for Audubon’s Action Network.

We know that lawmakers care about your views and opinions. As a constituent, you have a unique ability to convey your concerns about issues affecting birds, wildlife and their habitats–and be heard like no lobbyist here in Washington, DC. The only way we’ll be successful in our conservation efforts is with your help.

Avoid Window Collisions

The American Bird Conservancy has published a very practical pamphlet on ways to keep birds from crashing into our windows. Not only does it explain the problem, it lists a number of products (including sources) and practices that can keep birds alive.

Information is available from American Bird Conservancy:

  • Keep Birds in the Picture” Facebook Community: lease check out, like, share, and post in our *new * Facebook community, called “Keep Birds in the Picture.” https://www.facebook.com/KeepBirdsInThePicture. Anyone with a Facebook account can share their stories and/or photos about their life experiences with birds. Check it out and tell your story!
  • Latest ABC blog posts: Our blog, http://abcbirds.wordpress.com , is another source of information about goings-on in the bird conservation community. Recent blog posts See the latest posts, one by author Scott Weidensaul on Bird Friendly coffee and another by ABC’s Dan Lebbin ont conservation of the Chilean Woodstar.
  • ABC “Bird Wire” email: ABC sends regular updates to our online community. Action alerts, Bird of the Week, and our monthly eNews round-up are included. Please think about forwarding these emails to folks you know and encourage them to subscribe. Here’s where you can sign up for Bird Wire: http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/subscribe.html.

Palmer Land Trust

The Palmer Land Trust’s mission is to guarantee that open lands remain a part of southeastern Colorado’s heritage. Palmer has a proven track record of success and is today is the largest, private, local conservation organization in the United States based on conserved acreage holdings, over 70,000 acres.

If you’d like to know more about the work Palmer is doing, visit their website.

Vulture Conservation

Our program on vulture conservation, presented by Jenyva Turner, left many of us wondering how we can contribute to the preservation of these essential birds. Here are some ways to help:

  • Keeping garbage cleaned up to prevent vultures and other wildlife from eating non-food items
  • Removing roadkill or reporting it so authorities can safely remove it. This keeps vultures and other scavengers from being hit by cars.
  • Avoiding the use of lead shot. Carcasses killed with lead shot pose a lead poisoning hazard to both birds and other animals.
  • Avoiding the use of poisons to kill wildlife.
  • Recycle to reduce the need to cut down trees that vultures roost in.
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