That made 2018 challenging, but there were some real steps forward on the big policies that affect birds and nature. For one, we worked closely with Republicans in the House of Representatives as they introduced a bill that would institute a federal carbon tax to address a changing climate. A number of states joined us to declare 2018 the Year of the Bird. And Audubon has been instrumental in making strides in conservation, in part because of the support and inspiration that you so generously provide every day.
When it comes to your own backyards, more than 230,000 people used Audubon's Plants For Birds online plant finder with the support of the Coleman and Susan Burke Center for Native Plants. More than 30 Audubon centers and chapters received grants to engage their communities around the plants that nurture birds and put tens of thousands of new native plants in the ground.
Your passion for birds and protecting them are what makes Audubon unique. Next year will be challenging, but this year showed that, more than ever, you are what hope looks like to a bird.