This principle drives Audubon’s work to create practical and powerful conservation solutions for birds and for local communities. A regional office of the National Audubon Society, Audubon Chicago Region manages conservation work with a reach that includes 10 chapters, nearly 15,000 active Audubon members, and 91 Important Bird Areas comprising over 800,000 acres. We protect and improve habitat critical for birds during their migration and nesting cycles, we build networks of volunteers and advocates for the natural environment, and we save the lives of tens of thousands of birds by advocating for policies such as Lights Out Chicago.
Within the National Audubon Society’s network, Audubon Chicago Region is viewed as a leader in building communities of citizen scientists and conservationists that take the lead in advocating for and managing the ecosystems that birds need to thrive. The Chicago metropolitan region includes surprisingly diverse, high-quality ecosystems that support a wide range of bird species. Our goals are achieved by staff skilled in local ecological knowledge, working in concert with a network of dedicated volunteers and a team of restoration interns.
In Illinois, the nonprofit Faith in Place is spreading the environmental gospel to churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques.