Conservation

Conservation

Our conservation support will help you act on behalf of birds, other wildlife, and the natural world.

Human activity is the biggest threat to our environment, but we often feel helpless because our individual actions seem minuscule compared to such immense issues. However, millions of people taking small steps that suit their lives will benefit generations to come. Start with what you can—but start.

RECENT CONSERVATION BLOG POSTS

Hunt Non-lead to Protect Non-game Wildlife

Conservation is Our Hunting Heritage: Using Non-lead Ammo to Protect Wildlife By Emily M. Davenport, Nature’s Educators Hunters were among the first conservationists and remain a strong force in conservation today. Through programs like the Pittman-Robertson Act and the Duck Stamp Program, hunters help fund conservation programs all over the United States, assisting in the

U.S. Government Ignoring Critical Bird Protections

The U.S. Government is Ignoring Critical Bird Protections The Department of the Interior is fast-tracking plans to strip away critical protections in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that, for 50 years, have protected migratory birds and their nests, eggs, and young. A recent article in Science (October 2019) estimates that 3 billion birds—or 29% of

Comment Period for Proposed Rule Affecting National Wildlife Refuges Ends June 8

Comment Period for Proposed Rule Affecting National Wildlife Refuges Ends June 8 The US Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of the Interior are proposing to expand hunting and fishing by 2.3 million acres on 97 of our National Wildlife Refuges. The Proposed “2020-2021 Annual Hunting and Sport Fishing Regulation” was published in the Federal Register on

STRATEGY

Strategy

Our vision is to transform Denver into the most bird-friendly city in the US. To achieve this, conservation coordinator, Suzy Hiskey, is currently soliciting input from Denver Audubon’s supporters, members, and volunteers to develop a strategy for attacking the biggest threats to birds in the Denver metro area. We expect to post the strategy this autumn.

If you need help with a conservation issue or want to give input on our strategy, please email Suzy Hiskey.

CONSERVATION COMMITTEE

committee

Our biggest environmental influence is through our conservation committee, which supports Denver-area residents and advocacy groups with advice and guidance, including writing letters, commenting on legislation, and testifying at hearings. We discuss current issues at bimonthly committee meetings that are open to the public.

If you want to join our committee or attend a meeting, please email the chair, Polly Reetz.

INITIATIVES

Though not an exhaustive list of threats, below are a few of our recent conservation initiatives.

cats-indoors

KEEPING CATS INDOORS IS BETTER FOR CATS AND BIRDS

Outdoor cats and feral cat communities kill 2.4 billion birds in the US every year. Keep your cats indoors to help bird populations flourish, and to help your cats live healthier and longer lives. 

raptor

USING NON-LEAD AMMUNITION PROTECTS RAPTORS

Lead in bullets leaches into animal tissue that raptors scavenge and eat. This lead poisons bald eagles and other raptors. Hunters can protect non-game wildlife by using non-lead ammunition.

Growing Native Plants

GROWING NATIVE PLANTS RESTORES LOST BIRD HABITAT

Habitat loss through human development is an enormous threat to birds. Using native plants in your landscaping provides habitat and attracts beautiful birds to your yard.

bird-friendly-windows

APPLYING WINDOW TREATMENTS PREVENTS STRIKES

Birds can’t see windows. When they smack into windows, it can kill or seriously injure them. Use bird-friendly window treatments to help birds fly around windows—not into them.

Upcoming Committee Meetings

Meetings take place from 6 to 9pm. Upcoming meetings are virtual until further notice:

Wednesday, May 20

Tuesday, July 7

Tuesday, September 1

Wednesday, November 4