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Audubon Society of Rhode Island Eagle Eye Advocacy Update Environmental News Call to Action Smith Hill

October 2019

Introducing The Audubon Eagle Eye Advocacy Update! These monthly updates will provide you with simple actions you can take to help foster a cleaner, healthier planet along with local and national environmental news. Advocacy to protect birds and wildlife is a top Audubon priority and this work goes beyond testifying on their behalf on Smith Hill. Year round, we are working with our community partners and Rhode Island leaders to ensure the environment is a priority. These updates will keep you informed and ready to take action when the legislative session is upon us. As the newsletter continues, we are very interested in your suggestions and questions. Please send them to Audubon Senior Director of Policy Meg Kerr at

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 Action  You Can Take This Month

Ideas from our Readers

Climate Change – What is Rhode Island’s Government doing?

Assessing Flood Risk

National Issues

Decline in Birds Throughout North America
  1. Make Windows Safer, Day and Night
    Simple adjustments to your windows can save birds’ lives.
  2.  Keep Cats Indoors
    Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives. Outdoor cats kill more birds than any other non-native threat.
  3. Reduce Lawn by Planting Native Species
    The U.S. has 63 million acres of lawn. That’s a huge potential for supporting wildlife.
  4. Avoid Pesticides
    Look for organic food choices and cut out some of the 1 billion pounds of pesticides used in the U.S. each year.
  5. Drink Coffee That’s Good for Birds
    Shade-grown coffees are delicious, economically beneficial to farmers, and help more than 42 species of North American songbirds.
  6. Protect Our Planet From Plastics
    91% of plastics are not recycled, and they take 400 years to degrade.
  7. Watch Birds, Share What You See
    Bird watchers are one of science’s most vital sources of data on how the ecological world is faring.

  ACTION   Click here for resources on how to implement these 7 simple ways to help birds.

Legislation: Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2019

  ACTION   Below is a letter template. If you live in the second congressional district, represented by Representative Langevin, consider contacting his office and encouraging him to co-sponsor this legislation.

Previous Issues of The Audubon Eagle Eye

In this Issue: Audubon’s Legislative Progress in 2021 and 2022 Emerging Priorities, Land and Water Summit Update, The Need To Act On Climate, Audubon in the News, and more! sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.

In this Issue: Water Conservation; Offshore wind takes a bold step forward; At the Rhode Island State House (Act On Climate, Climate Literacy Act, Regulating Neonicotinoid Pesticides, The Forest Conservation Act, 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030; and other legislation we're following) sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.

In this Issue: Let's Talk About Trees!; Good News for the Migratory Bird Act!; At the Rhode Island State House (Act On Climate, Regulating Neonicotinoid Pesticides, The Forest Conservation Act, Solar Siting: Closing the 10 MW loophole, and The Climate Literacy Act.) sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.

Latest Audubon News & Events

Through donor support of any kind, Audubon can fulfill its mission of educating five-year-olds about the wonders of wildlife, managing habitat for declining pollinator species, or permanently protecting forests, fields, and wetlands, it is connecting its founding legacy to what lies ahead.

There are so many ways to give great gifts while making a positive impact this holiday season! All proceeds support Audubon's work to protect birds, wildlife and their habitats through conservation, education, and advocacy.

Funds collected at the event from hole-in-one contests, putting challenges, and a gift basket raffle were donated to the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. The event raised $27,000 which Audubon will use to fund summer camp scholarships for youth at wildlife refuges in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. Thank you, Bank of America!