Friday, January 13, 2023

Audubon Advisory~ Priorities Included in Year-End Legislation~

National Audubon Society
Bald Eagle in snow with wings outstretched.
Audubon Priorities Included in Year-End Legislation
Passed in the final days of 2022, the Fiscal Year 2023 appropriations bill includes big wins for climate and conservation, although it did not include other important legislation that would greatly benefit wildlife. Audubon is ready to continue pushing for greater investments and protections in priority legislation for birds, people, and the places we need. Read more
Bald Eagle.
Sandhill Cranes forage in a harvested corn field.
Congress Passes Growing Climate Solutions Act
Included in the appropriations bill, the Growing Climate Solutions Act—a multi-year, bipartisan effort to recognize the critical role that the agriculture and forestry sectors play in conservation and naturally storing carbon—will not only help to create a cleaner future for both people and wildlife, but will also preserve bird habitats, and help rural economies. Read more
Sandhill Cranes.
American White Pelican in water shaking droplets off its feathers.
Audubon-Backed Legislation Will Help Conserve Our Saline Lakes
The recently passed Saline Lake Ecosystems in the Great Basin States Program Act will establish a scientific monitoring and assessment program to help protect the Great Salt Lake and other saline lakes in the West. This bill is the U.S. government’s first coordinated regional assessment of Great Basin saline lakes. Read more
American White Pelican.
American Bittern in tall grass.
Water Resources Bill Modernized to Meet 21st Century Issues
Also passed by Congress last month was the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 to help restore ecosystems like the Everglades, Great Lakes, and Mississippi River. This year’s WRDA included key provisions directing the Army Corps to incorporate climate change into project planning and design. Read more
American Bittern.
Royal Tern wading in water.
Climate Corner
As the world contends with dual biodiversity and climate crises, a new assessment of land-based biodiversity in North America has identified areas considered to be climate refugia—those places that are likely to provide viable habitat for their current species—under several warming scenarios. The study looked not only at how refugia for birds were affected, but also refugia for amphibians, fungi, invertebrates, mammals, plants, and reptiles. The findings show that areas most critical for sustaining species lack current protections or conservation management. Read more
Royal Tern.
Brown Pelican in flight over water.
Your Actions at Work
Huge victory! After decades of work, the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion has been approved. This project, the largest ecosystem
 restoration project in U.S. history,
 will address Louisiana’s land loss crisis by reconnecting the Mississippi River to its wetlands. The Mississippi River Delta provides habitat for more than 400 species of birds. More than 25,000 Audubon members submitted public comments in support of this critical restoration project, which marks a pivotal moment for the state’s fight against coastal erosion and will help offset decades of land loss. Read more
Brown Pelican.

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