Associations, Clubs, and Organizations
Information and Web sites of Audubon Society chapters, ornithological societies, bird clubs, preserves, and nature centers.



American Bird Conservancy
1250 24th Street NW, Suite 220
Washington, DC 20037

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a U.S. based not-for-profit conservation organization whose focus is to conserve the birds of the western hemisphere and their habitats. ABC was formed from the 1994 merger of the International Council of Bird Preservation (ICBP) U.S. and Pan-American continental section. ICBP, now known as Birdlife International, is recognized as the world's authority on the status of the world's birds and has contributed enormously to the worldwide conservation of birds and their habitats. ABC is the U.S. partner to Birdlife International.

ABC represents the U.S.-oriented policy, legislation, and program interests of the forty constituent organizations represented on its policy council. It also represents the hemispheric science, research, conservation, and policy interests of the ABC projects council — an association of scientists focused on Latin American bird conservation.

Activities
• Maintains an important bird areas program to identify key concentrations and other important bird conservation areas in the United States.
• Works closely with Partners in Flight on the development and implementation of a North American bird conservation action strategy.
• Continues to build on thirty years of bird research grants directly addressing species, habitat management, and conservation questions in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Develops partnerships resulting in the conservation of high endemism areas, and critical wintering areas for North American migrants, in Latin America and the Caribbean.
• Influences policy issues by providing good scientific information, alternatives, and solutions to policy problems. Emphasis is on the development of innovative and socially compatible approaches to bird conservation.
• Develops communication strategies encouraging the recreational birdwatching community to support bird conservation.

For more information, contact ABC at the above address, call (202) 467-8348, or e-mail: abc@mnsinc.com.

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American Birding Association
P.O. Box 6599
Colorado Springs, CO 80934-6599

The American Birding Association (ABA) is a not-for-profit organization. The goals of the ABA are to promote recreational birding, to contribute to the development of bird identification and population study, and to help foster public appreciation of birds and their vital role in the environment. All of this depends on a diverse and viable avifauna; thus, the ABA strongly supports and encourages efforts to protect wild birds and their habitats. Everyone who shares these pleasures and purposes is invited to join the association. For membership information, contact the ABA at the above address.

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Adopt-a-Bird at Audubon's Center for Birds of Prey! Photos, bios and educational information can be found on "raptor residents" (including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons, ospreys, kites, and vultures). Make one of Audubon's birds "part of your family" through the Adopt-a-Bird sponsorship program, or help promote environmental education with Audubon's Bird Buddy classroom kit!

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Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: (607) 254-2400

The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology is an international center for the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Its mission is to develop, apply, and share the tools for understanding birds and protecting their populations equally with the scientific and consumer communities. In pursuing its goals, the Lab regularly monitors populations, collects and analyzes bird sounds, and publishes the results of its diversified research. The Laboratory was founded in 1917 and is a nonprofit unit of Cornell University, primarily supported by memberships and grants.

To learn more about the Lab and its activities, publications, and membership, contact them at the above address.

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The Institute for Bird Populations
P.O. Box 1346
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956-1346

The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP), a California nonprofit corporation founded in 1989, is dedicated to fostering a global approach to research and the dissemination of information on changes in bird populations. The Institute is currently undertaking four major projects. The first is the publication of bird populations, an annual scientific journal of dynamic avian biogeography, the goal of which is twofold: (1) to publish original research and review papers dealing with baseline data and changes in the numbers, distributions, and ecological relationships of birds; and (2) to print or reprint the annual reports of all the major avian monitoring programs from around the world in order to provide ornithologists with a global informational network for addressing avian population changes, to encourage an integrated approach to avian monitoring studies, and to stimulate the establishment of additional avian monitoring programs, particularly in developing countries.

IBP's second project is the establishment and coordination of the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program. MAPS is the cooperative effort among public agencies, private organizations, and independent bird banders to establish a continent-wide network of constant-effort mist-netting and banding stations operated during the summer months. The purpose of MAPS is to provide broad-scale, long-term information on the productivity (birth rate) and survivorship (death rate) of target North American landbird species in order to aid in identifying the causes of the recently documented population declines in these species and to aid in guiding further research and management actions to reverse these population declines. The MAPS program has grown from 17 stations in 1989 to more than 370 stations in 1995.

The Institute's third and fourth projects approach bird population problems at a more local level. From 1991 to 1993, IBP conducted a cooperative survey of Burrowing Owls, a federal candidate 2 threatened species, in California. Drawing on the results of this survey, IBP is spearheading a cooperative demographic research program to determine the exact causes for the precipitous population decline of this species in California and a coordinated management plan to stabilize and reverse this population decline. Finally, IBP has continued the subalpine ecology/global project initiated by Dr. David F. Desante in 1977. The goal of this project is to provide critical data relating to the rate and biological effects of global climate change by monitoring changes in the demographics of Sierran subalpine bird populations and in the ecological relationships between the birds and the subalpine vegetation of the Sierra.

For information regarding membership in IBP and subscriptions to Bird Populations, write to the above address, or call (415) 663-1436.

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National Audubon Society
700 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

Statistics
• 550,000 members
• 516 chapters in the Americas
• 20,000 members of the activist network
• 300 scientists, educators, sanctuary managers, regional and state directors, government affairs specialists, and other professional staff

History
The National Audubon Society was founded by George Bird Grinnel in 1886, named for naturalist and wildlife painter John James Audubon (1785–1851), and incorporated as a national organization in 1905.

High Priority Campaigns and Key Legislative Priorities
• Restoring the everglades of Florida
• Protecting corridors for migratory birds with the birds in the balance program
• Preserving wetlands through reauthorization of the Clean Water Act
• Lobbying to reauthorize the Endangered Species Act
• Securing the integrity of the Adirondacks of New York and the forests of the Northeast
• Protecting the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest
• Defending marine wildlife through the Living Oceans Program
• Promoting a responsible U.S. population policy
• Working for environmental justice in urban and international forums
• Restoring water flows to enhance wildlife of the Platte River system
• Preserving whole ecosystems through Audubon sanctuaries

Other Activities
• Publishes four publications, including Audubon magazine, American Birds, Audubon Activist, and Audubon Adventures
• Produces extensive nonprint materials, including TV specials, multimedia software, and specialty videos
• Maintains an active education and science outreach program, including workshops, ecology camps, and the annual Christmas Bird Count
• Maintains more than 100 sanctuaries nationwide of over 250,000 acres of varied habitat
• Maintains an activist network of thousands of people informed about the environment to write letters and make phone calls to decision makers
• Sponsors travel programs around the world and licenses companies to publish guides and books and produce binoculars, clothing, and other goods bearing the Audubon name

"Publications of the National Audubon Society" lists all the printed materials, brochures, videos, and other items available from, and licensed by, the society. To order, send a check for $2 to cover postage and printing to Conservation Information, National Audubon Society, 700 Broadway, New York, NY 10003.

For membership and additional information, contact the National Audubon Society, 700 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, or call (212) 979-3000.

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National Audubon's Central Web Site
• Membership Information
• Education Programs
• Conservation
• Advocacy
• Feature Sanctuaries
• Chapter Web Sites

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The Nature Conservancy
1815 North Lynn Street
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (703) 841-5300

The mission of the Nature Conservancy is to preserve plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth, and protect the land and waters they need to survive.

To date, the Conservancy and its members have been responsible for the protection of more than eight million acres in fifty states and Canada. It has helped like-minded partner organizations to preserve millions of acres in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and Asia. While some Conservancy-acquired areas are sold for management to other conservation groups, both public and private, the Conservancy owns more than 1,400 preserves — the largest private system of nature sanctuaries in the world.

The Nature Conservancy was incorporated in 1951 in the District of Columbia for scientific and educational purposes. The Conservancy is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation. Donations are tax deductible. For membership, write to the above address, or call (703) 841-5300.

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Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History
311 Curtis Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Phone: (716) 665-2473

Roger Tory Peterson, America's preeminent naturalist and internationally recognized ornithologist, is the inspiration for this natural history institute dedicated to educating society — especially its children — about the natural world. In classrooms across North America, children are learning about the natural world and their connection to all living things from teachers who have attended programs of the Peterson Institute.

The Institute focuses its efforts on the education of teachers, giving them tools, skills, and confidence to actively learn about nature with their students. This straightforward approach to the universal problem of environmental literacy not only encourages literacy in the arts and sciences but enhances the self-esteem of children who find meaning in their lives through involvement with the natural world.

The Peterson Institute conducts workshops for educators from coast to coast, awards teachers who demonstrate excellence in nature education, hosts forums of international experts to enhance environmental education, and publishes materials to help adults learn with chldren about nature. It is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to making society knowledgeable about and sensitive to the natural world which surrounds it.

For more information about programs, activities, and publications, contact The Roger Tory Peterson Institute at the above address, or call (716) 665-2473.

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An excellent web page with links to the various US Government Bureaus — such as National Biological Service, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife, Door to the White House, FTP Site
• Locator (People, Function, and Organization)
• Interior's Pick on the Top Story

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Information page of the venerable North American organization with a long tradition of promoting a strong working relationship among all who study birds
• Membership Information
• The Wilson Bulletin
• Annual Meetings
• The Joselyn Van Type Memorial Library

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