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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: 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

Recently, a number of dead shore- and seabirds have been found along the Rhode Island coast. The birds are currently being tested for the presence of HPAI and, although results have not been confirmed, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is urging individuals to avoid contact with any dead birds they may encounter and to take proper precautions to avoid transmission risk. Dead and dying wild birds should be reported to the RI Department of Environmental Management, Division of Fish and Wildlife by calling 401-789-0281. Click to read more.

In this Issue: A Reminder of Why We Do What We Do; Research Updates; Next Chapters; Citizen Science projects. Click here to subscribe to the Audubon bird research email newsletter!

Where do wild animals go in such storms? Where do they shelter and hide? How do they protect themselves from getting too wet or cold? In this installment of the Newport This Week Nature in the Neighborhood series, Audubon Senior Director of Education Lauren Parmelee answers these questions and more!