Audubon Action Alerts

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We ask that you take a stand for our planet by Taking Action Against EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt

President Donald Trump has nominated Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt has a history of working to dismantle protections for clean air, clean water, and a stable climate, which birds and people need to thrive. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing on Pruitt’s nomination this week, and the full Senate is expected to vote in the next few weeks. Please ask your senators to vote against Pruitt’s nomination and make sure that the EPA has a strong leader who will protect our environment.

For an even greater impact please call our senators to personally tell them your thoughts on a Pruitt nomination:

Senator Kristen Gillibrand – (202) 224-4451

Senator Charles Schummer – (202) 224-6542

For more about why the EPA is so important for birds and other wildlife, check out this story on Audubon.org

For more information why Scott Pruitt would be a devastating choice to lead the EPA, please read David Yarnold’s (of National Audubon) recent op-ed in the Huffington Post.

 

Tell New York State to Protect Boreas Ponds!

December 15, 2016

We need your help to protect the Adirondacks’ pristine and sensitive Boreas Ponds tract. The Adirondack Park Agency recently released draft plans for the management and classification of the Boreas Ponds and adjacent lands. Unfortunately, the Agency’s proposals fail to adequately protect this unique habitat from future motorized use, threatening the most significant new tract of Forest Preserve purchased by the State in over a hundred years.

New York made history earlier this year by purchasing this 20,500 acre property adjacent to the Adirondack High Peaks Wilderness known as Boreas Ponds. These lands contain some of the purest waters and wildest and most fragile wildlife habitat in the Adirondack Park, supporting beloved and iconic bird species, including the Common Loon and Black-Throated Blue Warbler. However, the State’s current proposals for the Boreas Ponds do not properly safeguard this delicate ecosystem from the negative impacts of motorized vehicles, including soil degradation and the spread of invasive species.

Comments on the Boreas Ponds proposed Alternatives Classification Plan are due on Friday December 30, 2016, and we need you to ask the State to reject proposals which allow for motorized use on the Boreas Ponds lands.

This is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to forever protect some of the purestponds, wetlands, shorelines, and forests in the Adirondacks and provide for quality recreation. Lend your voice today in support of a Boreas Ponds Wilderness Classification for the benefit of people and birds!

Sincerely,

Erin Crotty
Executive Director
Audubon New York

August 16, 2106

Tell the EPA that Long Island Sound is Not a Dumping Ground

We need your help today. Long Island Sound is one of the richest veins of biodiversity on the planet and essential to the survival of migrating shorebirds and waterbirds of the Atlantic Flyway, including the federally threatened Piping Plover, federally endangered Roseate Tern, and American Oystercatcher. However, the health of this estuary hangs in the balance, as the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prepares to finalize a proposed rule on Long Island Sound’s dredged materials management that would designate additional disposal sites in the coastal waters off of eastern Long Island. Please join Audubon New York in our fight to protect Long Island Sound and send a letter today letting the EPA know dumping waste into the Sound is not an option.

Plover Chick Raema RotindoFor decades, Audubon has been a leading voice for the protection and restoration of the Sound, and through our efforts, and with the support of New York State and our partners, the Sound is improving! 

 The EPA’s recent proposal to allow dredged materials from Connecticut to be dumped in the eastern region of the Long Island Sound, undermines the billions of dollars invested by the local, state, and federal governments over the last decade to restore the Sound’s health and impedes on our goals to reduce and phase out open-water dredged material disposal.

Roseate Tern by Patrick CominsWe need you to speak up on behalf of the birds, people, and coastal communities that depend on the health of the Long Island Sound and tell the EPA that their dredged material management proposal is not acceptable and must be revised.

It is imperative that we seize this opportunity to ensure that the EPA forgoes the ill-advised Long Island Sound dredged material management proposal and chooses a more environmentally-sound plan that excludes any new open-water disposal sites.

Stand with Audubon New York as we remind the EPA that Long Island Sound is one of New York’s greatest natural treasures and not a dumping ground.

Thank you for taking action and for your support.

Erin Crotty

Erin Crotty
Executive Director

Support Bird-friendly Buildings Legislation

Building collisions kill millions of bird each year, and many of these needless deaths can be prevented. A new bill would promote bird-friendly materials and design features at federal buildings.

Please urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor and support the Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act, a bipartisan, no-cost common-sense solution to help birds avoid collisions with buildings.

Building Glass Bird Strike Legislation

Victory! President Obama has Created a Marine National Monument in the North Atlantic.

October 14, 2016

July 2016:

New findings by the National Audubon Society reveal where puffins that nest in Maine go in the winter.1 Long a mystery, tiny tags attached to leg bands helped discover that Atlantic Puffins rely on an area known as the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts. Now, we have a rare opportunity to permanently protect the critical ocean habitat where Atlantic Puffins spend most of the year as a National Monument.

Please send an email to President Obama and ask him to create a Marine National Monument to permanently protect the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts.

This area in the Gulf of Maine is home to an underwater mountain range and vast coral canyons that serve as critical habitat for an astonishing array of ocean wildlife. Puffins are likely attracted to the region because of the productive upwelling that offers abundant food—the same conditions that favor whales, porpoise, tuna, sailfish, and other seabirds. This dynamic environment attracts ocean wildlife from both the coast of New England and far offshore.

This special place is remarkably free from human disturbance. But the drive to fish, drill, and mine in more and more places puts this fragile habitat at risk. Permanently protecting the New England Coral Canyons and Seamounts as a Marine National Monument will preserve it as a thriving biodiversity hot spot.

In contrast to U.S. waters in the Pacific Ocean, where very large areas have been protected as National Monuments, there are no National Monuments in the U.S. Atlantic. Now is the time to create the first Marine National Monument in the Atlantic, to safeguard this ocean treasure and the spectacular birds that depend on it, and to avoid irreversible damage to a vibrant and irreplaceable biodiversity hotspot.

Urge President Obama to create the first puffin sanctuary at sea!

Time is running out for President Obama to act on this and other Audubon priorities, including strengthening the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and finalizing plans to restore the Gulf of Mexico from damage caused by the BP oil spill. Please take action to protect ocean habitat for puffins today.

Albatross and Petrel Protection

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