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

January 2020

The monthly Audubon Eagle Eye Advocacy 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 mkerr@asri.org.

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 Action  You Can Take This Month

If you have a live Christmas tree, consider making use of it when you take it down.


Rhode Island Legislation

Rhode Island’s legislators return to work in January. In preparation for the session, Audubon’s board has outlined the following priority issues:


Ideas From our Readers


PFAS movies: “Dark Waters” and “The Devil We Know”

Last month’s Eagle Eye shared information on PFAS, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the new set of toxic chemicals that are showing up everywhere in the environment. Learn more about them here.

If you would like to learn more about these chemicals, you might want to catch the new movie, Dark Waters, which tells the story of the lawyer who worked for 16 years to hold DuPont accountable for their abuse of PFOA (a PFAS chemical). It is playing in Rhode Island in January.

The documentary, The Devil We Know, detailing DuPont’s cover-up of the danger of PFAS chemicals, is also available from Netflix.


Climate Change

Rhode Island has a new dashboard to track progress made toward state goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adding green jobs and electric vehicles, protecting land, creating resilient communities, and increasing renewable energy.

Access the dashboard here!


National Issues

Previous Issues of The Audubon Eagle Eye

In this Issue: A Few Sustainability Tips to Kick off the New Year, Beach; Clean Water and Green Bond goes to the voters on March 2 - Please Vote YES!; The Great Backyard Bee Count; Climate Change Legislation at the 2021 Rhode Island General Assembly. sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.

In this issue: A Few Ideas for Making Your Holiday More Sustainable; Environment Council of Rhode Island’s Green Report Card; Rhode Islanders See Climate Change as a Top Priority; Things with Wings: Recent Highlights from the Xerces Society’s Bee City USA Initiative; Migratory Bird Treaty Act under attack by Trump Administration; Audubon’s Legislative Priorities for 2021.sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.

In this issue: The Election is Behind Us!; Quick Tips For Getting Your Yard Ready For Winter Birds
; Continued Good News for Menhaden; . To stay informed and take action with Audubon, Governor Raimondo Commits to up to 600 MW of additional Offshore Wind; Advocating for Balancing Offshore Wind Development with Protection of Birds and Wildlife; How Migrating Birds Could Warn Us of the Next Pandemic; Action You Can Take. sign up to receive the Eagle Eye in your email inbox.


Latest Audubon News & Events

As part of a Citizen Science effort and Audubon's work with the North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium, we joined 11th Hour Racing Team in their effort to educate sailors on marine conservation issues and whale conservation. Click to learn more about how you can help protect marine wildlife!

Rhode Island is holding a special election on March 2nd on a series of proposed bonds, including the Beaches, Clean Water & Green Bond. Mail ballot applications must be returned by Feb 9th!

While humans may take their cozy homes for granted when winter sets in, the strategies that wildlife have developed to cope with the plunging temperatures, biting wind and lack of food are as creative and innovative as they are necessary.

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