WASHINGTON – More than 50 Audubon staff from 29 states traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with Members of Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration on a variety of issues, including funding for conservation programs, the reauthorization of the Farm Bill, and how natural infrastructure can benefit birds and build climate resilience for communities around the country. Audubon’s national network represents more than 1.9 million members and 450 community-led chapters.
“As Audubon meets with our nation’s leaders we will deliver the message that birds are telling us it’s time for action,” said Marshall Johnson, chief conservation officer, National Audubon Society. “We have lost 3 billion birds in North America since 1970. No matter where you are from or what party you belong to, that’s alarming. The love of birds connects all of us and we must respond to this dramatic decline.”
In total, more than 70 meetings with officials from across the political spectrum were planned for Wednesday, including a morning bird walk on Capitol Hill with Audubon staff, congressional staff, and Members of Congress.
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