[audubon-news] NPR Story on the Founding of Audubon Celebrates Centennial

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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 

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.

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