CONSERVATION

Get Involved

Join the Aiken Conservation Team

Would you like to get more involved in local/regional issues? If so, please contact Conservation Chair Linda Hodges and join our activist team. You choose what level of involvement you’d like:  from doing research, to writing legislators to simply receiving occasional updates. Let your voice be heard!

Aiken Audubon is also involved with Colorado Field Ornithologists, Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count, and other programs designed to conserve both wildlife and habitat.

National and Regional Audubon Conservation Efforts

  • Sign up for Audubon’s Action Network. We know that lawmakers care about your views and opinions. As a constituent, you have a unique ability to convey your concerns about issues affecting birds, wildlife and their habitats—and be heard like no lobbyist here in Washington, DC. The only way we’ll be successful in our conservation efforts is with your help.
  • Check out this site that tells how to write a congressional letter.
  • Denver Audubon maintains links to Colorado issues and campaigns.

Colorado Legislative Reports

Audubon Rockies, together with Trout Unlimited, supports a lobbyist, Jen Boulton, who tracks bills coming before the Colorado State Legislature, and advocates for bird-related conservation issues. She sends reports on upcoming legislation: Current Legislative Report

Local News

  • Big Johnson Reservoir: Wondering what’s happening to Big Johnson Reservoir? Here’s what we know…
  • Chico Basin Ranch News: For the past 20 years, Colorado Springs birders—in fact, birders across the state—have been accustomed to wide access to the migratory stopover known as Chico Basin Ranch. That may be about to change.

Grant Requests

Aiken occasionally awards grants to those conducting research or planning projects that affect local bird conservation. See guidelines…

Conservation Tips

Avoid Window Collisions

The American Bird Conservancy has published a very practical pamphlet on ways to keep birds from crashing into our windows. Not only does it explain the problem, it lists a number of products (including sources) and practices that can keep birds alive.

Vulture Conservation

Turkey Vulture cutout_LakePuebloSP_LAH_4929-1Our program on vulture conservation, presented by Jenyva Turner, left many of us wondering how we can contribute to the preservation of these essential birds. Here are some ways to help:

  • Keeping garbage cleaned up to prevent vultures and other wildlife from eating non-food items
  • Removing roadkill or reporting it so authorities can safely remove it. This keeps vultures and other scavengers from being hit by cars.
  • Avoiding the use of lead shot. Carcasses killed with lead shot pose a lead poisoning hazard to both birds and other animals.
  • Avoiding the use of poisons to kill wildlife.
  • Recycle to reduce the need to cut down trees that vultures roost in.