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.
After months of Audubon's advocacy, fishery managers along the Atlantic coast voted to implement strong catch limits and close areas to harmful fishing practices. These decisions will help bring back Atlantic herring, benefitting seabirds like the Atlantic Puffin, marine mammals, and larger fish.
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.
This story originally ran in the Winter 2018 issue as “We Lead Where Birds Lead (or Need Us).” To receive our print magazine, become a member by making a donation today.