Join ABA and Audubon to protect Arctic birds
by Nate Swick
Every birder in North America knows that the Arctic is nothing less than the incubator for so many of North America's most charismatic birds. The vast majority of this continent's shorebirds and a great many of its waterfowl - not to mention pulse-quickeners like Ross's Gull, Northern Wheatear, and Snowy Owl - depend on that vast swath of high latitude real estate during the incredibly short period of teeming abundance to renew those populations that renew us every spring, fall, and winter. It goes without saying that the protection of those resources should be of utmost importance to every bird person on the continent.
With that in mind, the ABA is partnering with Audubon in the Raise Your Voice for Arctic Birds campaign, an initiative that seeks to draw support from the memberships of both organizations at a time when the Arctic and its birds are imperiled by increased threats from drilling and climate change. ABA board member and actress Jane Alexander is the spokeperson for the campaign.
“Audubon’s alliance with the ABA is good news for conservation funders as well as wildlife,” says Audubon President & CEO David Yarnold. “We’re both about birds; our combined impact and wingspan will protect more species and more habitat — and we'll help both organizations grow and thrive.”
Jeffrey Gordon, President of the ABA, said, “Birds are celebrated early indicators of environmental problems. As birders, we not only enjoy the pleasure and excitement of observing the wonders of birds all around the world, we see first-hand the changes and threats they face even in lightly populated places like the Arctic. I believe that those of us who are passionate about birding have a special role to play by sharing what we see and experience. Joining forces with Audubon fits perfectly with the ABA’s mission to inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds.”
Right now, a donation made to the campaign will be worth twice as much, as it will be matched 100% by Audubon. So follow the link make your dollars to help Arctic nesting species count extra right now.
Thanks for any help you are able to provide.