[audubon-news] FW: Newswire, May 7, 2004

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  • Date: Fri, 7 May 2004 17:51:24 -0400

> Audubon Newswire
> Volume 2, Number 8
> April 30, 2004
> Special Migratory Bird Day Edition
> In this issue:
> -- Audubon Chapter Survey Legislative Priorities Announced
> -- Audubon Sends Message to Congress on International Migratory Bird Day
> -- Audubon Pennsylvania Launches Susquehanna Birding and Wildlife Trail with 
> Publication of Guidebook Today
> -- Audubon Washington Announces Publication of > "> State of the Birds> ">  
> Report
> -- Audubon Chapters in Virginia Launch State> '> s Important Bird Area Program
> -- Audubon Recognizes Ten New Important Bird Areas in Utah
> -- Iowa> '> s Wickiup Hill Recognized as an Important Birding Area
> -- Audubon Chairman Emeritus Donal O> '> Brien Honored with 
> -- Audubon> '> s Stan Senner Interviewed on National Petroleum Reserve Leases
> -- Spoonbill Banding takes place in Florida and Tampa Bays
> -- Attention Chapter Webmasters: Please Note Change in Membership Website
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Results of 2004 Issue Priorities Chapter Survey is Announced
> Washington, DC, Thursday, April 29, 2004 - The results of the 2004 Issue 
> Priorities survey, which was sent to Chapter Presidents last fall, have been 
> sent to Chapters and are now available at 
> <http://www.audubon.org/local/cso/docs/2004surveyresults.doc>.  Chapter input 
> is invaluable in identifying the most important priorities for Audubon> '> s 
> policy efforts on key environmental issues.
> The top five chapter priorities are 1) public lands protection, 2) bird 
> conservation, 3) the Endangered Species Act, 4) wetlands & estuary 
> protection, and 5) the Clean Water Act.  Audubon staff will present the full 
> survey findings to the new Conservation Committee of the National Board at 
> their May meeting.
> "> It is encouraging to learn that so many of the issues that are important 
> to Chapters are the very same issues identified as priorities by Audubon> '> 
> s Board, and are also those where our government relations staff is actively 
> engaged,> ">  said Audubon Director of Grassroots Programs Catherine Grant.  
> > "> We have heard from Chapters about other issues that are critically 
> important, issues to which we could devote more time, attention, and 
> resources.  These are areas where we will look to increase capacity, and 
> explore new ways to exert influence and demonstrate leadership.> "> 
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Audubon Sends Message to Congress on International Migratory Bird Day
> Washington, DC, Friday, May 7, 2004 - This week, Audubon dispatched a letter 
> to all 535 Members of Congress calling on them to celebrate International 
> Migratory Bird Day by supporting five key programs aimed at protecting and 
> restoring important bird habitat.  Habitat loss is the single largest reason 
> for declining bird populations.
> The programs U.S. lawmakers were urged to support are the Neotropical 
> Migratory Bird Conservation Act - an underfunded program aimed at saving 
> songbirds; the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Management 
> Program, which provides critical support for bird monitoring and research; 
> Joint Ventures - regional public/private bird conservation partnerships; the 
> North American Wetlands Conservation Act - aimed at restoring and managing 
> wetlands for migratory birds and other wildlife; and State Wildlife Grants 
> Program - providing resources for effective bird and wildlife conservation.
> In addition, on Wednesday, May 5th> , the Resources Committee of the U.S. 
> House of Representatives passed a measure that includes provision to enhance 
> and expand the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, a top priority 
> for Audubon.  The Committee voted unanimously to continue the program for 
> another 3 years, increase the funding level to $5 million in FY06, $10 
> million in FY07, $15 million in FY08, and allow for increased participation 
> by Canada, where many of the migratory birds spend part of their life c> ycle 
> in the boreal forests. The measure now moves to the House floor for a final 
> vote expected within the next few weeks, and then on to the U.S. Senate.  For 
> a copy of the four-page letter to Congress, or for more information on the 
> Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, please visit 
> <http://www.audubon.org/campaign/Latest_News.html> or contact 
> audubonaction@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:audubonaction@xxxxxxxxxxx> .
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Audubon Celebrates Launch Of The Susquehanna River Birding & Wildlife Trail 
> With Publication Of Map And Guide: Coincides With International Migratory 
> Bird Day 2004
> Harrisburg, PA, Friday May 7, 2004 - The Susquehanna River Birding & Wildlife 
> Trail Project today officially marked the launch of the Trail with the 
> publication of a much-anticipated, 85-page map and guide.  The multi-phased 
> project has successfully identified more than 215 urban and rural locations 
> in 39 Pennsylvania counties where the state> '> s residents and tourists can 
> watch birds and wildlife.
> "> Pennsylvania is ideally located and contains the diversity of habitats 
> necessary for a successful birding and wildlife watching trail,> ">  said 
> Audubon Pennsylvania Director of Education and Susquehanna River Birding& 
> Wildlife Trail Project Director Marci Mowery.  > "> Birdwatching is big 
> business, and can contribute significantly to the economy of the state, while 
> also serving to protect our most valuable natural assets.> "> 
> The project, spearheaded by Audubon Pennsylvania, has created a statewide 
> network of sites where bird- and wildlife watching can be developed, 
> promoted, and marketed, developing the State> '> s nature tourism industry.  
> Guides will be available for purchase through tourism promotion areas, 
> locations included in the trail, through Audubon Pennsylvania 
> <http://pa.audubon.org>, and through local outfitters.  For the full story, 
> visit www.audubon.org <http://www.audubon.org> 
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> Audubon Washington Releases > "> State of the Birds> "> :  Report Reveals 
> that One-third of Washington State> '> s Birds are at Risk
> Seattle, WA, Thursday, May 6, 2004 - One-third of Washington state> '> s 
> birds are at risk, according to the > "> State of the Birds> "> , a report 
> released today by Audubon Washington.  Report author Tim Cullinan said 
> natural places critical to many bird species have been disrupted by 
> Washington> '> s growing human population.  
> "> Immediate and focused conservation measures are needed to reduce human 
> impacts on birds and bird habitat,> ">  wrote Cullinan in the report> '> s 
> executive summary. Cullinan, Audubon Washington> '> s director of science and 
> conservation, said our birds are in trouble because of low populations, steep 
> population declines, or habitat loss.
> "> Birds bring us many benefits,> ">  said Audubon Washington> '> s executive 
> director Debbi Edelstein. > "> Birds play key roles in the natural world, 
> they> '> re important economically, and inspire us with their beauty and 
> power of flight.> ">   Audubon Washington has produced two versions of the 
> report; an executive summary and citizen> '> s action guide; and a longer 
> paper which is being submitted to policy and ornithological journals.  To 
> read the executive summary of the report and view the action guide, visit 
> <http://wa.audubon.org/new/audubon/> .  To see the Seattle times coverage 
> visit 
> <http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2001921154_birds06m.html> : 
> to see the Post Intelligencer, click on 
> <http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/172276_groused.html> 
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Virginia Audubon Council and Partners will Recognize the State> '> s First 
> Three Important Bird Areas; Ceremony Tomorrow Launches Virginia> '> s Program
> Norfolk, VA, Friday, May 7, 2004 - The Virginia Audubon Council, in 
> partnership with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) 
> and the Virginia Society of Ornithology, will announce the recognition 
> tomorrow (International Migratory Bird Day) of Virginia> '> s first three 
> Important Bird Areas (IBAs).  The sites include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
> Service> '> s Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; VDGIF> '> s Saxis 
> Wildlife Management Area; and The Nature Conservancy> '> s Piney Grove 
> Preserve.  The three IBAs support diverse communities of birds of 
> conservation interest and provide unique habitats for these species.  The 
> recognition ceremony was held in conjunction with this year> '> s Birds and 
> Blossoms weekend at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.
> The Virginia IBA Program is supported by the Virginia Department of Game and 
> Inland Fisheries through a Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program 
> grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  This grant provides funding 
> to support expanded or new wildlife-related conservation, education, and 
> recreation initiatives.  The Virginia IBA Program was one of five new 
> wildlife conservation programs funded through this grant.  The Virginia IBA 
> Program is also supported by funding from the Virginia Society of 
> Ornithology, and by volunteer citizen scientists.
> Information about Virginia> '> s Important Bird Areas Program may be found at 
> www.virginia-iba.org <http://www.virginia-iba.org/>.  Information about the 
> national program may be found at www.audubon.org/bird/iba/index.html 
> <http://www.audubon.org/bird/iba/index.html>.  For more information about 
> Saxis Wildlife Management Area and other Department programs, visit VDGIF> '> 
> s Web site at www.dgif.virginia.gov <http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/>.  
> Information about the Virginia Society of Ornithology may be found at 
> www.ecoventures-travel.com/vso/ <http://www.ecoventures-travel.com/vso/>.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Audubon Recognizes Ten New 'Important Bird Areas' In Utah
> Salt Lake City, UT, Wednesday, May 5, 2004 - The Utah Important Bird Areas 
> (IBA) program, operating under the auspices of the National Audubon Society, 
> has added ten new IBA sites in Utah: The five major bays on Great Salt Lake - 
> Farmington, Ogden, Bear River, Gilbert (or South Arm), and Gunnison (or North 
> Arm); Provo and Goshen Bay on Utah Lake; Cutler Marsh-Amalga Barrens in Cache 
> County; the Upper Strawberry Watershed in Wasatch County; and Lytle Preserve 
> in Washington County.  This announcement, which comes on the even of 
> International Migratory Bird Day (Saturday, May 8, 2004), brings the total 
> number of IBAs in the state to 15 sites.
> Important Bird Areas are sites that provide essential habitat for one or more 
> species of bird, and meet criteria established by Utah's IBA Technical Team, 
> which includes many of the state's leading ornithologists.  > "> The IBA 
> program is an excellent way to identify critical areas for birds across the 
> world and in Utah,> ">  declares Val Grant, president of Bridgerland Audubon 
> Society and chair of Utah's IBA Technical Team.  > "> The inclusion of 
> specific properties grants no management authority, neither does it enable 
> any landowner restrictions from the IBA program; but, by working 
> cooperatively with landowners, these areas can continue to be monitored and 
> protected for the future.> "> 
> The IBA Program is designed to be proactive, voluntary, science-based, and 
> credible.  The Utah program connects to other IBA sites throughout the U.S. 
> through the National Audubon Society, and the world through BirdLife 
> International.  For more information, visit 
> <http://www.audubon.org/news/press_releases/index.html> .
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> Iowa> '> s Wickiup Hill Recognized as an Important Birding Area
> Linn County, IA, Friday, May 7, 2004 - The Cedar River Greenbelt and Wickiup 
> Hill Outdoor Learning Area will be recognized at 3:30 PM tomorrow - 
> International Migratory Bird Day - as Iowa> '> s newest Important Bird Area.  
> The ceremony dedicated at 3:30 p.m. Saturday as an Iowa Important Birding 
> Area.  The Iowa IBA program was made possible in part due to a $5,000 grant 
> from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation to help establish the bird 
> and habitat conservation initiative.
> Ric Zarwell, Audubon IBA coordinator for Iowa, said the site includes Bald 
> Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, several warbler species, 
> Bobolink, Wood Thrush, Pileated Woodpecker, Greater Prairie Chicken and 
> American Woodcock.  For more information on the site, visit 
> <http://www.iowabirds.org/IBA/sitedetail.asp?siteID=153> , and for more on 
> Iowa> '> s IBA program, go to <http://www.iowabirds.org/IBA/> .
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Audubon Chairman Emeritus Donal O> '> Brien Honored with the Harvey Weill 
> Award
> Corpus Christi, TX, May 5, 2004 - Audubon> '> s Chairman Emeritus Donal O> '> 
> Brien Was honored last week by The Rotary Club of Corpus Christi TX with 
> their eighth annual Harvey Weil Sportsman/Conservationist Award.  O> '> Brien 
> received the award at Corpus Christi> '> s Welder Wildlife Preserve on April 
> 24.
> O> '> Brien was honored in memory of Harvey Weil, a civic leader, sportsman, 
> and conservationist.  The event attracted more than 400 people; proceeds go 
> toward the Harvey Weil fund, which supports local conservation projects.
> Donal and Katie O> '> Brien reside in New Canaan, Conn., and Nantucket, Mass. 
>  O> '> Brien is a retired partner of the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & 
> McCloy, and has served as the Chief Legal Counsel for the descendants of John 
> D. Rockefeller, Jr. and and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.  For more event 
> information - visit the Corpus Christi Caller Times 
> <http://www.caller.com/ccct/people_inside_society/article/0,1641,CCCT_12051_2795530,00.html>
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Audubon> '> s Stan Senner Interviewed by Alaska Public Radio on the Sale of 
> Oil Leases in the National Petroleum Reserve
> Anchorage AK, Thursday, May 6, 2004 - Last Thursday, April 29th, Audubon 
> Alaska Executive Director Stan Senner was interviewed on the statewide Alaska 
> Public Radio Network in regard to Audubon> '> s lawsuit on the sale of Oil 
> Leases in the Northwest National Petroleum Reserve -Alaska.  On that day, 
> Audubon attorneys filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to block the 
> Bureau of Land Management from going ahead with a lease sale in early June.  
> You can hear r the interview at 
> <http://www.akradio.org/images/ann/29%20npra%20pkg%20steve.mp3>
> Citing a lack of balance in the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) plans for 
> energy development in western Arctic Alaska, Audubon joined other 
> conservation organizations in February to challenge in court a plan to open 
> 8.8 million acres in the Reserve.  Audubon challenged a January 22, 2004, 
> decision by Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton because that decision did 
> not consider any alternatives that balanced oil development and wildlife 
> protection, nor did the decision give permanent protection to any of the 
> Reserve's most important wildlife habitats. 
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Audubon Spoonbill Banding Concludes in Tampa and Florida Bays
> Tampa, FL, Thursday, May 6, 2004 - Spoonbill Banding in Tampa and Florida 
> Bays concluded last week, but Audubon of Florida is still interested in 
> keeping tabs on the unique, pink-hued birds.
> A new research project initiated by Audubon of Florida seeks to find out 
> whether some of Tampa Bay> '> s spoonbills might be refugees from the Florida 
> Bay area.  Audubon is asking citizens to report any banded spoonbills they 
> see. The banded birds will help scientists determine whether any of Tampa 
> Bay> '> s spoonbills came from Florida Bay, and learn more in general about 
> the behavior and habitat requirements of the birds.
> "> It> '> s a chance to participate in a project to learn more about the 
> basic biology of a rare and beautiful Florida species,> ">  said Ann Paul, of 
> Audubon> '> s Florida Coastal Island Sanctuaries. > "> And it> '> s also 
> important because we feel that spoonbills are turning out to be a sentinel of 
> estuary health.> ">   For more information on Audubon of Florida> '> s 
> coastal sanctuaries, visit 
> <http://www.audubonofflorida.org/conservation/coastal.htm> .
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Attention Chapter Webmasters: Please Note Change in Membership Website
> Missoula, MT, Thursday, May 6, 2004 - A number of Chapters currently recruit 
> new National Audubon members via the Audubon website, allowing those new 
> members to use a credit card and the Chapter to receive full credit for the 
> first year membership.  
> There has been a change in the URL for this membership option.  Chapter 
> webmasters are asked to please change existing links and replace 
> <http://www.audubon.org/forms/updated/chapter-cc.html> with the new URL 
> <https://websvr.audubon.org/forms/updated/chapter-cc.html> .
> All Chapters with websites are encouraged to take advantage of this option.  
> Again, Chapters can link from their own websites to the Chapter membership 
> page on the Audubon site at 
> <https://websvr.audubon.org/forms/updated/chapter-cc.html> and the Chapter 
> will receive the full first year> '> s membership dues from any memberships 
> generated by members in their Chapter, without having to do any associated 
> paperwork.  For more information, please contact Iris Blumenthal at 
> iblumenthal@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:iblumenthal@xxxxxxxxxxx>.
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