Bird watching? Don’t Overlook the Audubon Society

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(Photo of Black-bellied Whistling Duck shot at Lake Ruby pond, Winter Haven, FL by Sondra Sawyer)Enter a caption

We believe that every birder needs to be familiar with the Audubon Society. If you’re interested in birds, you’ll undoubtedly interact at some point with the society.

Today, the Audubon Society has 23 state programs, 41 Audubon nature centers, and nearly 500 local chapters nationwide

Founded in 1905, the Audubon Society is one of the oldest organizations in the world dedicated to conservation. It is the leading nonprofit in the United States focused primarily on birds.Audobon

The society is named in honor of John James Audubon.  Audubon, an American ornithologist and painter who died in 1851, painted detailed illustrations of American birds in their natural habitat. His major work, entitled The Birds of America, published in sections between 1827 and 1839, is—to this day—considered one of the finest ornithological works ever created. In addition, Audubon was the first to identify 25 species of birds previously unknown in America.

The society’s environmental policy, education, and science experts guide lawmakers and government agencies, as well as its extensive grassroots efforts in shaping effective conservation plans, actions, and policies.

More than 2,500 Audubon-designated Important Bird Areas identify, prioritize, and protect vital bird habitat from coast to coast.

The society’s Community Scientists collect bird population data through Audubon’s annual Christmas Bird Count, the Coastal Bird Survey, and other initiatives addressing the needs of birds and other wildlife.

The society’s ecosystem-wide conservation initiatives focus on the protection and restoration of unique natural areas like Alaska’s Tongrass and the Louisiana Coast.

And the society does much, much more.

At The Birding Outpost, we’re members of the Audubon Society and urge fellow birders to learn more about the organization.

You can check it out at:  https://www.audubon.org

By the way, the winners of the 2018 Audubon Photography Awards have been awarded. Be sure to take a moment to enjoy the amazing photos of the 100 gifted winners on the society’s website.

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