You are what hope looks like to a bird!

Our chapter is a leader in speaking up for just and equitable policies that help birds and people.

In 2021, we advocated for:

More clean energy resulting in passage of House Bill 951, Energy Solutions for North Carolina, into law. We know that climate change is the number one threat to birds, so this law is important to the long term survival of birds.

Increased conservation funding resulting in a combined $265 million for the North Carolina Land and Water Fund and the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund for the two-year budget cycle. That is almost nine times the 2020 level! The budget also included $40 million for flood mitigation and resilience that may help protect and restore natural infrastructure like wetland habitats.

Lights Out policies in Raleigh and other local towns. You can learn more about Lights Out here.

We advocated (unsuccessfully) to protect land near the Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve from dense development.

Native plants in Cary by helping to revise the Town’s landscaping standards to prohibit invasive plants and increase native plants from 20% to 80% of recommended planting materials.

What’s next in 2022?

We’re committed to ensuring that the Public Utilities Commission creates an equitable and inclusive carbon reduction plan to implement the new clean energy law.

We will continue advocating to protect family landowners and help them access conservation funding by asking the senate to pass House Bill 367, Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act.

We will continue to ask the house to pass Senate Bill 628, Native Plants Right to Work Act, that would require native plants to be used on state property and all projects that receive state funding for landscaping.

We’ll work with more municipalities in Wake County to prioritize native plants.

Here’s how you can help:

Become an Audubon Ambassador. Audubon Ambassadors are trained to engage in issue campaigns on topics like clean energy and native plants. Many also participate in our annual Advocacy Day at the NC General Assembly, but it’s not required. Contact us at [email protected] to learn more.

Represent Wake Audubon at an information table. Help spread the word about what we do and how to get involved. Training will be provided on site. Learn more at [email protected]

Check out Audubon’s Climate Action Guide for more ways to ensure that future generations get to experience a variety of birds when they step out the door in the morning

Visit the National Audubon Society to let federal lawmakers know that birds matter to you.