Audubon Minnesota Priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session
Healthy freshwater ecosystems are the lifeblood of our communities and are vital to the quality of life for birds. Audubon Minnesota works to protect and restore our state’s critical wetlands, river systems, and floodplain forests. We focus on improving habitat along the Upper Mississippi River, cleaning up and restoring the St. Louis River Estuary, and funding for private-land conservation programs.
Healthy Climate/Clean Energy
More than half of North American birds are threatened by a quickly changing climate. Audubon Minnesota advocates for renewable energy options to reduce the impacts of climate change on birds. A diversification of energy sources, including solar and wind, will reduce carbon and mercury pollution. Audubon is also dedicated to protecting and conserving habitat on public and private lands that will serve as strongholds for birds that are climate-threatened.
Underlying our goals for bird conservation is the need to protect dedicated funds and hold legislators accountable for misuse of funds. We advocate for state budget priorities to include conservation initiatives. We also receive grant funds from legislative commissions and councils that go towards on-the-ground conservation projects that benefit birds, clean water, and a healthy climate.
Ensuring that dedicated conservation funds are used for their intended purpose. Tell your legislators that ENRTF funds should ONLY be spent in ways that are both constitutionally and statutorily appropriate.
Lawmakers care about your views and opinions. As a constituent, you have the ability to convey your concerns about issues affecting birds, wildlife, and their habitats. The only way we'll be successful in our conservation efforts is with your help. Sign up for Audubon Minnesota's mailing list to receive our Action Alerts, or take action immediately through a current issue below.