Climate Initiative

Audubon taps into people’s love of birds to protect them from climate change

Photo: Dominic Arenas/Audubon

Audubon’s own science shows that climate change is by far the biggest threat to the birds that we love. That’s why Audubon works for solutions to counteract the effects of climate change and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. This means not only dramatically reducing carbon emissions, but offsetting what we cannot eliminate, for instance by maintaining healthy forests or supporting sustainable agricultural practices.

Audubon's Federal Campaign

Audubon works with federal decision makers both in the nation’s capital and at home in their backyards to achieve common sense solutions to climate change. We engage with our 1.8 million members and the 45 million Americans who consider themselves bird lovers to make complex environmental impacts tangible.

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Baltimore Oriole, a species vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Photo: Shari McCollough/Audubon Photography Awards

Audubon's State and Local Campaigns

Audubon members, staff, and volunteers descend on the Washington state capitol to speak with their local representatives on Environmental Lobby Day in January of 2019. Photo: Luke Franke/Audubon

Audubon is local everywhere. With leadership in 18 state and regional offices, and with chapters and members in all 50 states, Audubon has the presence and a committed membership to react to our changing climate in communities across the country. Our national staff works with our local offices and partners to find solutions that make sense for each region where we work, and that resonate on a wider level to help create lasting protections for birds and the places they need nationwide.

Read more about Audubon's state and local climate policies

Audubon's Renewables Policy

Thanks to major advances in technology, renewable energy has become increasingly more affordable and obtainable for both businesses and individual homes. That’s good news for people and birds, since adopting renewable energy is critical to reducing pollution, lowering global temperatures, and preserving the places that birds need to survive. That’s why Audubon strongly supports renewable energy – including solar, wind, and geothermal power – that is properly sited in ways that avoid, minimize, and mitigate negative impacts on birds and other wildlife. We also advocate that Congress and wildlife agencies should ensure strong enforcement of laws that protect birds and wildlife, like the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. 

Black-necked Stilts. Photo: Anton Sorokin/Alamy

Audubon's Climate News

How Wildfires Boosted by Climate Change Threaten Birds
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How Wildfires Boosted by Climate Change Threaten Birds

While wildfires are natural parts of many landscapes in North America, today's megafires pose new challenges to birds and people.

The Southwest Is Facing an ‘Unprecedented’ Migratory Bird Die-Off
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The Southwest Is Facing an ‘Unprecedented’ Migratory Bird Die-Off

Scientists and birders have found large numbers of migratory species disoriented and dead in recent weeks. Here’s what we know so far.

Youth Environmental Activists Strengthen Their Stand in the Climate Movement
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Youth Environmental Activists Strengthen Their Stand in the Climate Movement

Student leaders proved age is trivial when taking actions on environmental issues at the first-ever virtual Youth Environmental Summit.

How Wildfires Affect Birds
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How Wildfires Affect Birds

Big burns are natural, but climate change could make especially destructive fire seasons the new normal.

A Disease Outbreak in California Has Killed an Estimated 40,000 Birds
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A Disease Outbreak in California Has Killed an Estimated 40,000 Birds

Avian botulism is a regular issue at the sprawling wetlands of the Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuges, but in a dry and hot year, it's gotten out of control.

Climate Initiative National Leadership

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills

Vice President, Political Affairs

Claire Douglass

Claire Douglass

Director of National Campaigns

Lisa Hardaway

Lisa Hardaway

Vice President, Communications

Sarah Greenberger

Sarah Greenberger

Senior Vice President, Conservation Policy

Michael Obeiter

Michael Obeiter

Senior Director, Federal Climate Strategy

Robyn Shepherd

Robyn Shepherd

Communications Director, Advocacy

Jesse Walls

Jesse Walls

Senior Director, Government Affairs

Gary Moody

Gary Moody

Director, State and Local Climate Strategy

Audubon's Climate Science

From community science observations to in-depth research from our staff scientists, Audubon applies its cutting-edge science in conservation, mitigation, and adaptation efforts across the United States and into Central and South America, where many of America’s climate-sensitive birds spend their winters.