In our 2020 Impact Report, we highlight our recent and most notable accomplishments in protecting our forests and fields, connecting people of all ages to the outdoors, and providing a voice for birds and wildlife at the Vermont Statehouse.
Audubon Vermont is rising to meet the challenges of our time. In addition to encouraging people to connect with birds and nature virtually during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are leveraging digital tools to empower people to make their case for birds and the planet to legislators. We have also used this past year to catch up on deferred maintenance (come see our restored Education Barn!), as well as to plan for the future. As difficult as this past year has been for all of us, we are excited about the growing awareness among Vermonters of the importance of birds to our lives and communities.
Building on that growing awareness, we are committed to ensuring that our Audubon Vermont family of staff and members reflects and includes the people in our community—and that our work incorporates and centers community needs and voices. Audubon Vermont is searching for new ways to provide access to our programs, and to introduce more people to the joy of observing and protecting birds and nature, whether at the trails of the Green Mountain Audubon Center, your own backyard, or in the open spaces in your community. In so doing, we are broadening the base of support for our work and becoming more effective in the pursuit of our mission.
Recent events across the country have produced a growing recognition of how issues such as public health, climate change, clean water, economic inequality, and systemic racism are all intertwined and cannot be addressed in isolation. We are living in a moment in which people across our state and the nation are attuned to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging and, at the same time, we have never been more divided. Audubon Vermont is committed to bringing people together in support of durable solutions through our shared connection to nature and love of birds.