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Audubon activists descend on Capitol to urge action on climate and conservation

June 8 Advocacy Day shows the power of the Audubon network in California.

Maren Smith, Rosemary Nishikawa, Carol Pachel, and Rosalie Howarth from Mount Diablo Audubon were among the many chapter activists at the State Capitol on June 8. Photo: Maren Smith

Audubon activists from all over California turned out in force at the State Capitol June 8 to talk with their elected representatives about issues related to birds and nature. Nearly 80 advocates, chapter members, and Audubon California staff took part – attending 63 meetings with legislators and/or their staff. At one point, Audubon California had 15 groups moving about the Capitol – an amazing showing.

During their meetings, advocates pressed legislators for progress on climate change, Salton Sea, funding for wildlife conservation, and protection of national monuments – in addition to local issues of importance for individual chapters. They also brought a letter from Audubon President David Yarnold urging legislators to continue their leadership on climate and conservation issues.

It was a great day, and we’re already looking forward to next year.

Audubon California Policy Director Mike Lynes talks about the issues before the group headed over to the Capitol.
A group of Auduboners stop for a photo in front of the Governor's office. Photo: Shaun Wilde
Megan Flaherty and Rebecca Schartz Lesberg from San Diego Audubon Society with Assembly Member Todd Gloria. Photo: Rebecca Lesberg
Chris Winn, Katerina Robinson (from Sen. Nancy Skinner's office), Marjorie Powell, Audubon California interim co-director Gaylon Parsons. Photo: Chris Winn
A number of Audubon advocates took part in the rally in support of national monuments in California taking place the same day as our Advocacy Day.

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