Protecting birds at our 4th Annual Advocacy Day

California Auduboners from San Diego to Redding gathered in Sacramento this week to urge lawmakers to protect birds and people in California

Audubon chapter members and Audubon California staff with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
Audubon chapter members and Audubon California staff with Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

The Year of the Bird and the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act were at the forefront of the message Audubon activists from all over California shared with elected representatives at the State Capitol on June 20.

Chapter members, advocates and Audubon California staff—nearly 70 in all—took part in 57 meetings with legislators and/or their staff. During breaks between meetings, some of the 14 groups dropped in on hearings, checked out the Senate and Assembly chambers, went birding in the park and caught up with Auduboners from across the state.

Advocates pushed for protections for migratory birds, protecting our coasts and public lands from oil spills, opportunities for environmental education, and protecting important habitat for birds and people during their meetings with legislators.

It was also a great chance to connect with our colleagues and chapter members from all over the state. Several chapter members found spending the day getting to know other chapter members and Audubon California staff inspirational.  Alex Smolyanskaya of Golden Gate Audubon said "I had a great time today and feel very inspired about advocacy, our legislative process, and the future of birds in California." 

It was a great day for saving birds.

Members of Pasadena, San Fernando Valley and Pomona Valley Audubon Chapters in the Senate Chambers with Senator Portantino and Audubon California Staff
Chapter members from Santa Barbara Audubon and Ventura Audubon, along with Audubon California Staff, Andrea Jones and Monica Zhang met with Assemblymember Ash Kalra.
Members of Golden Gate Audubon spent some time birding outside the Capitol. Looks like they saw birds in every direction.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning sharing a story about seeing a Golden Eagle with Sacramento and Yolo Audubon chapter member Joellen Arnold.
Audubon California staff and chapter members with Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins on the Capitol grounds
Mt. Diablo and Napa-Solano Audubon chapter members in the Assembly chambers with Assemblymember Catharine Baker

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