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The Audubon Society of Rhode Island is formed by a group of concerned Rhode Island citizens to stop the destruction of wild birds for the commercial use of plumage of their feathers.

Just ten years after its origin, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island has 1,300 members - a number than has grown to more than 17,000 today.

The 1916 Migratory Bird Treaty Act abolishes feather hunting nationally. Meanwhile, in the 20th Century's early decades "environmental education" becomes a reality for the Society, as Audubon teaches local students with a very strong presence on Block Island.

The Kimball Bird Sanctuary in Charlestown becomes the Audubon's first property. It is deeded to Audubon so that visitors can view the birds that nested and migrated there.

In the 1950's, Audubon begins formalizing its "environmental education" programs, reaching out to area schools and students. Meanwhile, additional parcels of wildlife habitat acreage are added to the burgeoning Audubon wildlife refuge network. Noteworthy among the growing refuge network are George B. Parker Woodland, Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk's Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, and Eppley Wildlife Refuge in South Kingstown.

The Rhode Island Red is selected as the state's official bird.

The first adventurous birders take part in the Audubon's premier Block Island Birding Weekend - a tradition that endures today.

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring is published and stuns readers everywhere.

    The Audubon Report, Audubon's membership newsletter, sees its first edition published.

Audubon's leadership and environmental advocacy leads to the creation of the Rhode Island Wetlands Act.

The Federal government institutes a national ban of DDT. Through the 1960's and 1970's, Audubon stood in the vanguard of the battle to ban DDT in Rhode Island, which was among the first state's to curtail the toxin's use.

Audubon's refuge network totals more than 4,000 acres.

The Audubon Great Expeditions program begins in 1981. Since, thousands have traveled to naturally rich settings in the Eastern United States and Canada for bird-watching and nature observation. Meanwhile, Audubon organizes and leads the state's first Coastal Cleanup.

Audubon hosted its first-ever Bird-a-Thon, during which 182 collective species of birds were identified.

Audubon promotes and supports the passage of Rhode Island's statewide recycling program through the General Assembly.

Audubon moves its headquarters to Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge in Smithfield, allowing visitors to enjoy birding and programming on 120 acres of woodlands and wetlands, surrounding the administrative offices.

Audubon opposes the use of processed drinking water for industrial cooling. Meanwhile, the early 1990's sees the opening of the 1,000-acre Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge in Exeter and the Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge in Warren.

Audubon springs to action for triage and treatment of stricken sea creatures and waterfowl during the 1996 North Cape oil spill crisis. Meanwhile, the 235-acre woodland that is the Florence Sutherland Fort & Richard Knight Fort Nature Refuge, North Smithfield, opens for public enjoyment.

Audubon brings environmental education to 15,000 kids.

In 2000, Audubon's $3.5 million Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol opens. The state-of-the-art exhibitions and dioramas enthrall visitors, preparing them to understand and experience the surrounding refuge habitats and wildlife.

Audubon dedicates the Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge in Bristol, which surrounds the Nature Center and Aquarium and offers diverse wildlife habitats such as woodlands, fields, meadows, salt marshes and shoreline.

Audubon establishes the Land Legacy Fund to ensure we have the resources to protect habitats we steward for maximum wildlife benefit. Audubon also announces its groundbreaking Environmental Education for Urban Schools Initiative, which provides critical environmental programming to enhance school science curricula in under-served communities.

Audubon is one of the largest private landowners in the state, maintaining and managing a 9,500-acre refuge system, which includes nearly 30 miles of trails for public use that form the state's largest wildlife refuge system. The organization teaches about 15,000 school children annually - at schools and Audubon sites - with the primary focus being at the award-winning Nature Center and Aquarium in Bristol. Located on a breathtaking wildlife refuge, rolling from upland meadows to the Narragansett Bay shore, the center attracts thousands of visitors yearly and houses modern exhibits and the state's largest public aquarium.