About Us

By protecting birds, we can safeguard the environment we all depend on

Eastern Screech Owl. Photo: Todd Secki/Audubon Photography Awards

Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

More than a century ago, Audubon’s first members rallied a nation to protect birds from the hunters who sought their spectacular feathers to adorn hats. Today, we’re tackling environmental threats more complex and daunting than the early activists could have imagined, from climate change to catastrophic oil spills. And that small cadre of dedicated members has grown into a hemispheric network

We have built a legacy of conservation success on the strength of our network of members, chapters, Audubon centers, state offices, and dedicated professional staff. Blending science, education, and policy expertise, we protect birds and habitat throughout the U.S. and in eight countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Our successes include:

  • Developing a ground-breaking science model and report that revealed that 314 species of North American birds are at risk from the impacts of climate change. 
  • Spearheading innovative policies that balance habitat protection with green energy development on millions of acres in the western US.
  • Protecting fragile landscapes critical for wildlife in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve.
  • Leading habitat restoration and helping to preserve a way of life on the Gulf Coast, including helping to secure billions of dollars in conservation funding through the RESTORE Act.
  • Helping to secure protection of vulnerable bird habitat in the Caribbean and Latin America.
  • Inspiring two million people each year to learn about and protect nature through our 41 Audubon Centers.

Roseate Spoonbill. Photo: Ethan Slattery/Audubon Photography Awards

Here is how we’re making a difference.

  • By mobilizing more than 450 local chapters and 860,000 members for grassroots conservation action, including our climate initiative—our most ambitious effort in decades.
  • By putting science, policy, and education expertise to work to develop and advance innovative, effective approaches to conservation, including energy siting that protects critical habitat. 
  • By building a broad and inclusive constituency for conservation. We touch four million readers, visitors, friends and followers through our award-winning Audubon magazine, our website, and social media.  

 

  • By engaging hundreds of thousands of volunteer "Citizen Scientists" each year to collect vital data, through Audubon's annual Christmas Bird Count, Great Backyard Bird Count, Hummingbirds at Home and our newest project, Climate Watch. Their observations are the raw material for our groundbreaking analyses, which guide scientists and policy-makers in addressing the needs of birds and other wildlife.
  • By leading collaboration with diverse stakeholders, including international partners, business leaders, policy-makers, private landowners, and other environmental organizations, on behalf of birds and wildlife.

Twenty-two state programs, 41 Audubon centers, and more than 450 local chapters. All working together as One Audubon.