Audubon Advocacy

Supporting conservation through policy victories

Expertise and Credibility

Audubon is a respected and influential voice on public policy issues, from town halls to the U.S. Capitol. We have the power to convene diverse stakeholders to solve even the toughest problems—like energy planning. The balanced approach to energy exploration and extraction siting we spearheaded in sagebrush country has protected 15 million acres and is expanding to protect millions more. We used the same balanced approach to advance new federal guidelines for wind energy that will keep clean energy truly green by steering development away from critical habitat. 

A Network of Influentials and Activists

Audubon’s members are four times as likely to be opinion leaders, with interest and involvement in policy issues. Thousands take action as Audubon Activists. We mobilize this formidable force through communications outreach and Chapter-based grassroots training. It is how we bring the full power of Audubon to bear on behalf of legislation addressing issues such as bird conservation, ecosystem restoration, and clean air and water. And as we further align and strengthen our network, Audubon will become an even more powerful advocate for birds and the environment. 

The Voice for Birds 

From clean air and water to support for the nation’s iconic national parks and national wildlife refuges, many of the same issues that touch people also touch birds. In addition, protections for birds conferred by such milestone legislation as the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act and the Endangered Species Act have long-term implications for people along with more immediate impact on birds. By safeguarding our great natural heritage, we protect our nation’s distinctive ways of life, from the Mississippi Delta to the high plains of Wyoming. That’s why Audubon’s policy team works tirelessly on behalf of a healthy environment, rich in biodiversity. Now the sharper focus and clear goals in our strategic plan will amplify our voice for birds and people alike.


How to Be an Effective Advocate in Less Than Five Minutes

So you’ve made a decision to do more to protect birds, other wildlife and our shared environment—now what?  Audubon’s Public Policy...

Wetlands and Clean Water

Audubon is working to pass federal legislation to protect all waters that were historically protected under the Clean Water Act

It's Time To Go Solar: Opportunities in Your State

Climate change is the #1 threat to birds. You can help by going solar.

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act

Each spring, millions of birds travel thousands of miles from Latin America and the Caribbean to their breeding grounds as far north as the Arctic...

Endangered Species Act

The strongest federal safeguard against the extinction of species in the United States is the Endangered Species Act. Since 1973 the act has helped...

Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels

The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels, or ACAP, is a legally binding international agreement promoting the conservation of...

Transmission Lines

Audubon supports properly sited renewable energy. But as the country ramps up its renewable energy portfolio, properly sited transmission lines to...

Audubon's Agriculture Policy Program

Of the 1.3 billion acres of privately owned land in the United States, 878 million acres are in cropland, pasture, range, farmsteads, and farm roads...

Audubon's Position on Wind Power

Audubon strongly supports properly sited wind power as a renewable energy source that helps reduce the threat posed to birds and people by climate change.

Audubon Advocacy in the Arctic


Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

An irreplaceable natural treasure

The Arctic Ocean: A Future in Peril

As the polar ice melts, gas and oil exploration companies push drilling activities further into this critical wildlife habitat

Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve

An area of abundant habitat and rich natural heritage
Tongas National Forest

Old-Growth Trees in Tongass National Forest

Protecting America's largest national forest