Audubon Americas

We protect birds and the places they need throughout the hemisphere.

Birds know no borders, and neither do we.

This hemispheric approach stems from the recognition that the majority of vulnerable bird species found in the U.S. spend most of their lives in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean, which have some of the world's most biodiverse landscapes and seascapes.

Our Areas of Focus

Canada Chile Colombia Panama The Bahamas

Audubon’s new strategies in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada represent a new chapter in the evolution of Audubon in which we broaden our focus to protecting birds and the places they need over their entire life cycles.

This hemispheric approach stems from the recognition that the majority of vulnerable bird species found in the U.S. spend most of their lives in Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean, which have some of the world's most biodiverse landscapes and seascapes. The Neotropical Realm alone has 41% of all bird species on Earth, and Canada is North America's bird nursery. Throughout the region, this biodiversity is at risk by habitat loss and environmental degradation. And in most countries, conservation efforts have not kept pace with economic growth and intensifying pressure on natural resources.

Audubon Americas has developed an ambitious plan to address conservation shortfalls in Latin America and the Caribbean, by applying Audubon’s conservation expertise and regional experience in innovative new ways. Over the next five years, we are targeting 10 million hectares (25 million acres) of prime ecosystems that are important for priority birds and wildlife, and human well-being.

In Canada, we are striving to be allies to Indigenous governments and communities across the Boreal Forest region and to elevate public support for millions of acres of proposed Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas and for Indigenous Guardians programs through science and communications efforts. 

Our Four Strategies

Our conservation strategies address and mitigate the most critical threats to wildlife and biodiversity and deliver lasting economic and environmental benefits for people. These strategies are based on innovative, proven models that can achieve impact at scale with the highest return on conservation investment.

Strategy 1: Protected Areas

Well-managed protected areas are essential to sustaining bird populations and reversing their decline. They also serve to mitigate climate change and help local communities thrive sustainably. Audubon will work with partners to establish more than 80 new protected areas covering 2 million hectares (4.9 million acres) and improve management of an additional 2 million hectares.

Strategy 2: Working Lands

Audubon’s Working Lands Strategy is designed to create healthier habitats for birds and other wildlife. Audubon Americas and partners will work with farmers to create these healthier habitats while expanding productivity and profit on 5 million hectares (12 million acres) of agricultural lands in once-natural landscapes.

Strategy 3: Coastal Resilience

All along the coast lines of the Americas, the rapid disappearance of mangroves, mudflats, other wetland habitat is threatening shorebird populations, situation especially dire along the Pacific Americas Flyway. Audubon and partners will restore or improve the management of 1 million hectares (2.5 million acres) of coastal habitat while integrating nature based solutions
into development and water sanitation agendas.

Strategy 4: Building A Constituency For Birds

Birds are persuasive ambassadors. In Latin America and the Caribbean awareness and popularity of birds and birding have been growing at  extraordinary pace. By supporting the development of National Plans for the Conservation of Birds, community science, educational programs, and community mobilization, Audubon and its partners will build public commitment to conservation by engaging one million people across the hemisphere.

Audubon Americas new strategies are designed to deliver conservation results at an unprecedented scale and pace. By capitalizing on the emerging green economy as well as growing public interest in birds, we intend to mainstream wildlife conservation into development agendas while involving a range of NGO partners, business interests, policymakers, and community leaders. By prioritizing ecological connectivity, our solutions will increase the mobility and range of wildlife in natural-area networks that will be more resilient to emerging environmental challenges.

Want to know more? Read Audubon Americas' business plan executive summary.

Read More About Our Strategies
Read More About Our Strategies

Audubon’s new strategies are designed to deliver conservation results at an unprecedented scale and pace. Read about our plans to capitalize on the emerging green economy as well as growing public interest in birds to mainstream conservation while involving a range of NGO partners, business interests, policymakers, and community leaders.

Birds and Beyond:  Elevating Our Conservation Impact

Although the National Audubon Society is known for its longstanding commitment to birds, the challenges to the region’s biodiversity affect much more than birds. Habitat loss and degradation, combined with the effects of climate change, are expected to increasingly affect water, energy and food security, coastal resilience, economic prosperity, and human health.

That’s why our new goals extend beyond birds to focus on essential areas that birds share with endangered or threatened species and important fisheries. In addition, our strategies will provide broader conservation, economic, and human well-being benefits.

Targeting a portfolio of prime ecosystems that cover a combined area roughly the size of Mexico, our strategies are based on:

Incorporating conservation into national and local development plans. The Audubon Americas approach prioritizes efforts that protect wildlife while promoting sustainable economies, climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and human well-being. Via a comprehensive set of initiatives, we aim to mainstream nature-based solutions into development plans throughout the region, to achieve conservation impacts at an unprecedented scale. We will also support national conservation efforts driven by each country’s climate commitments.

Extending our impact through innovative partnerships. Migratory birds connect the people and places of the Western Hemisphere. Through strategic multi-sector partnerships, we intend to drive change at a hemispheric level. By involving more than 100 NGO partners as well as a diverse range of business interests, policymakers, and community leaders, we aim to build a science-based and human-focused conservation effort that is unprecedented in magnitude, scale, and transformational impact.


Core Countries

Our conservation plan targets 10 million hectares of important bird and wildlife habitat by 2026, and 40 million hectares by 2030. Discover our first-phase initiatives in five core countries

News from the Americas

After Years in Captivity, These Rescued Harpy Eagles Are Flourishing in the Wild

February 16, 2024 — The successful rehabilitation of the majestic raptors is the first in Bolivia, and a ray of hope for a species that has lost vast stretches of its historical habitat.
Mega-flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers.

United Nations Wildlife Conference Focuses on Migratory Species

February 15, 2024 — The theme “Nature Knows No Borders” encourages international collaboration
Hand holding open a Tennessee Warbler's wing to show molting

The Birds Are Molting!

February 06, 2024 — Our friends at Bird Lab use banding stations to learn more about Tennessee Warblers, molting, and migration.
Meet the Audubon Americas team

Aurelio Ramos

Senior Vice President, Audubon Americas

Marci Eggers

Vice President for Conservation

Jeff Wells

Vice President, Boreal Conservation

Catalina Casas

Colombia Bird-based Tourism Coordinator

Javiera Ferreyra

Chile Country Director

River Gates

Pacific Shorebird Conservation Initiative Coordinator

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Carrie Gray

Boreal Conservation Specialist

Sebastian Herzog

Protected Areas Strategy Director

Gloria Lentijo

Working Lands Strategy Director

Daniela Linero

GIS and Data Analysis Specialist

Poly Martinez

Communications Director

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Alex Miller

Audubon Americas Finance and Contracts Associate

Noemí Moreno

National Bird Conservation Strategy for Colombia - Coordinator

Photo of Rebecca wearing a light green shirt in front of a barn.

Rebecca Sentner

Senior Communications Manager, Boreal Conservation

Erica Sosa

Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Audubon Americas

Jorge Velásquez

Science Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Juliana Londoño

Audubon Americas Social Media Coordinator

Adriana Z. Moreno Acosta

Program Administrator - Panama

Julio Montes de Oca

Coastal Resilience Director

Marsha Dìaz

Communications Manager - Panama

Diana Lorena Jurado Roman

National Bird Conservation Strategy - Assistant for Colombia

Tomás Altamirano

National Bird Conservation Strategy for Chile - Coordinator

Loretto Arriagada

Chile Local Programs Coordinator

Inês Fernandes

Audubon Americas Program Associate

Karla Noboa

Institutional Giving - Manager

Santiago Aparicio

Americas Flyways Initiative - Manager

Camilo Cardozo

Colombia Country Director

Our Focus Birds Across the Americas
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Canada Warbler
Wood Warblers
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Piping Plover
Plovers
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Cerulean Warbler
Wood Warblers
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Western Sandpiper
Sandpipers
Blackpoll Warbler
Wood Warblers
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Short-billed Dowitcher
Sandpipers
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Reddish Egret
Herons, Egrets, Bitterns
Franklin's Gull
Gulls and Terns
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Semipalmated Sandpiper
Sandpipers
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Saltmarsh Sparrow
New World Sparrows
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Red Knot
Sandpipers
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American Oystercatcher
Oystercatchers