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How Can Your Chapter Work to Slow Global Warming?

If your chapter has been thinking about ways that you could work on global warming, the most pressing environmental challenge of our time, you may be inspired by what these chapters and Audubon offices have done. Activities such as these are eligible for funding through the Audubon Ohio chapter grants, for which applications are coming out in January.

The Northwest Illinois Audubon Society is promoting a Low Carbon Diet through educational workshops. The twist? They're working with local high school students and the students are the ones who are going out into the community and giving the workshops, which empowers the teens at the same time that it helps spread the word about reducing our greenhouse gas pollution. Last year, the Northwest Illinois Audubon Society sponsored a forum on biofuels production , looking into questions of long-term sustainability of this technology.

The East Lake Washington Audubon Society in Washington organized a global warming advocacy workshop with their collaborative grant money.

The Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in Missouri organized an energy use education program . The Audubon center will be hosting educational workshops all year on ways to save energy and will also host a larger community festival on energy efficiency.

The Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm in Ohio has created a program called "Plan-it Green" through which they will be encouraging local businesses to use sustainable practices and become more energy efficient. This program will conduct free energy audits for small, local businesses and give them advice on how they can lower their energy use and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Collier County Audubon Society in Florida worked together with the Collier County government to help the county government reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they produce. They are performing a full audit of the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions for the county. The results of the audit will be presented to the county government together with a list of suggested steps for the county to take to reduce its greenhouse gas pollution.

The Broward County Audubon Society organized the "Friends of the Everglades" Walk/Bike-a-thon. This year, as part of the Walk/bike-a-thon, volunteers from the Broward County Audubon Society will lead a bird walk to educate the public about the causes of declining bird populations, including global warming.

Want advice on how to organize a chapter project to help combat global warming? Contact Bridget McDaniel or Marnie Urso for more ideas projects and more information about global warming activities that can be supported by your Audubon chapter grant.


Ohio IBA Book

Our anxiously awaited first and limited edition of The Important Bird Areas of Ohio will be available soon. This book catalogues birdlife at dozens of sites throughout Ohio and has been touted as the premier guide for Ohio birders, wildlife scientists and environmental educators.

Available for $19.95 plus shipping & handling, each reserved copy will be signed by author John Ritzenthaler, a 20-year Audubon scientist and active birder. Reserve your signed copy now by e-mail. Please list IBA Book in the subject line and include your name, area code and phone number as well as your e-mail address.

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