About Audubon Vermont
Audubon was founded at the start of the last century - one of America's earliest organizations dedicated to conservation of birds, other wildlife and essential habitat. Audubon has had a grassroots presence in Vermont since the founding of "The Audubon Society of Vermont" in 1901, and has grown to over 4,000 members with 7 volunteer chapters throughout the state. Through the active engagement of volunteers at the grassroots level, Audubon Vermont has played an important role in securing key environmental protection in Vermont through environmental education, science and public policy initiatives. In a state that supports many environmental organizations, Audubon Vermont is unique in its multidisciplinary approach with site-based environmental education and a strong grassroots chapter network at its core.
Audubon Vermont today
Year-round education programs reach thousands of Vermonters of all ages through school, camp, family, and adult programs and workshops, including 4,500 school-aged children. Environmental awareness and education is an ongoing process, not a single event. Centers-based programs are designed to make it possible for a child to explore nature in our pre-school programs, advance to school field trips, spend their summers at day camp, and eventually attend our residential summer camps. Complementing these programs, Audubon chapters throughout the state conduct educational programs and events for their local communities. Across Vermont outstanding staff and dedicated volunteers offer programs year-round to guide Vermonters of all ages along the continuum from appreciation to understanding to stewardship of nature.
Effective grassroots advocacy for the protection of critical habitat
Action is the natural outgrowth of our passion to conserve and protect our environment. Partnership is the best word to describe Audubon's approach to influencing public policy. Our success is based on our ability to leverage grassroots support through our chapters and members and build coalitions and alliances. We also work closely with the national public policy office of Audubon to assure coordination of activities on key national issues. Audubon's grassroots network of activists and science-based, solution-oriented approach to resolving public policy issues have earned the organization a reputation as a thoughtful, reputable advocate for wildlife and habitat.
Science programs building on Audubon's heritage of bird conservation and with an emphasis on citizen engagement.
The Vermont Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program is the focal point of these efforts. The program's goal is to identify and protect sites that are essential to Vermont's birds and bird populations. Since its inception in 1998 the Vermont IBA Program has completed the identification of 119 IBAs, established monitoring by interns and "citizen scientists" at eleven IBAs, and created partnerships with other non-profits and government agencies to maintain monitoring efforts on the remaining areas.