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

How Turning Lights Out Helps Birds

Lights Out Colorado - How Turning Lights Out Helps Birds Turning lights out a few weeks each year is a simple action we can all take to help birds migrating through, to, and out of our city. Bird populations in North America have declined by 29% (3 billion birds) since 1970, and birds need all

Audubon Colorado State Legislature Report

Audubon Colorado State Legislature Report March 5, 2021 Did you know that Audubon chapters in Colorado support a lobbyist at the Colorado Legislature to support environmentally friendly legislation? This report contains legislation and the bills the Audubon chapter lobbyist, Jen Boulton, is following in 2021, along with her recommendations on whether we should support or

How can we make our urban parks better for birds?

How can we make our urban parks better for birds? Christmas Bird Count participant, Central Park, NYC. Photo: Camilla Cerea/AudubonIn this time of pandemic, being outside in nature no matter how wild can give a big lift to our mental and physical well-being. Because our municipal parks are most easily accessible, they are prime candidates

STRATEGY

Say's Phoebe by Dick Vogel

Our vision is to transform Denver into the most bird-friendly city in the US. To achieve this, our Conservation, Stewardship, and Restoration Plan focuses on improving urban and developed habitats in the Denver metro area. Our goals are twofold. Firstly, to increase stewardship actions in the community, creating bird friendly projects and properties; and secondly, to generate change in groups, organizations, institutions, and agencies by influencing the implementation of bird friendly practices, policies, and ordinances.

If you need help with a conservation issue or are interested in helping birds in your neighborhood, please email Suzy Hiskey, Conservation Coordinator.

CONSERVATION COMMITTEE

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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:

January 5, 2021

March TBD

May 4, 2021

July 6, 2021

September 7, 2021

November TBD