Contact: John Bianchi jbianchi@xxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:jbianchi@xxxxxxxxxxx> 212/979-3026 NPR STORY CELEBRATES THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE FOUNDING OF THE AUDUBON MOVEMENT Interview with Jennifer Price from Audubon Magazine's Special Issue Celebrating National Audubon Centennial New York, NY, Monday, November 29, 2004 - National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" for Sunday, November 28th, 2004, featured an interview with Jennifer Price, author of an article in Audubon Magazine that recalls the 19th century effort that ended the feather trade. Until a public outcry stopped the practice, thousands of birds across North America were slaughtered to provide decorations for women's hats. You can hear the interview with Price and NPR's Jennifer Ludden <http://www.npr.org/about/people/bios/jludden.html> at <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4189955> In "Hats Off to Audubon," Jennifer Price salutes the pioneering women who helped kick start the modern environmental movement, and Audubon in the process. As Price recounts, in 1896, two Boston socialites met over tea to discuss their mutual distaste for the unregulated plume industry, a bloody business that decimated bird populations, yet which flourished due to the nation's craze for hats adorned with feathers, wings, and even whole birds. These two firebrands eventually formed the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and soon similar Audubon Societies began to spring up across the nation, led largely by women. In 1905 many of these local groups incorporated into the National Association of Audubon Societies for the Protection of Wild Birds and Animals (later shortened to National Audubon Society). Under the new umbrella organization, Audubon activists were successful in enacting legislation that would both protect the nation's birds and put the plume industry out of business. Photography is by Ben Fink. Headquartered in New York City, Audubon has spent a century leading the charge for environmental progress in every corner of the nation - from the Florida Everglades and the Artic National Wildlife Refuge, to the banks of the Mississippi River and the rugged cliffs of California Condor country. The special November/December 2004 issue of Audubon http://magazine.audubon.org <http://www.audubon.org/> commemorates the National Audubon Society's 100 years of conservation work, and examines the next century of challenges facing the organization, our country, and the natural world. The issue also features the following stories: In "Where It All Began," Frank Graham Jr. takes us to Mill Grove, a rural farm in eastern Pennsylvania where Audubon's legacy first took root. It was here that John James Audubon first settled upon his arrival from France in 1803, and began to create what would become the most esteemed portfolio of wildlife art in the world. As Graham reports, in 2003 Mill Grove became the site of an Audubon Center that includes an art gallery and environmental education programs. Here, the same opportunities for discovery and exploration of nature that stirred the spirit of a young John James Audubon are available to a new generation. Photography by Susie Chushner. In "Rising to the Cause," Audubon Editor-in-chief David Seideman applauds the successful efforts of the organization's grass-roots constituents in effecting positive change, and looks at the next century of conservation work that lies ahead, including the strengthening of clean air regulations, reducing pesticide use, continuing to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and creating opportunities for environmental education. A two-page Audubon Timeline rounds out the issue, chronicling milestones in the organization's history, including the recent 'State of the Birds' report, which assembles the best data available since Silent Spring to assesses the health of our nation's bird species and their habitat. Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences. # # # You are subscribed to Audubon-News. To unsubscribe, send email to audubon-news-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/audubon-news.