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Wildlife Conservation: The National Audubon Society and the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union

Outside of my work as a clinical social worker, I belong to several organizations that support wildlife conservation, including the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union and the National Audubon Society. Founded over 80 years ago, the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union (IOU) promotes the study and protection of the state’s birds. The Union also offers a variety of activities and programs geared toward hobbyist birdwatchers as well as professionals in the field of conservation. The Iowa Ornithologists’ Union publishes two quarterly journals, Iowa Bird Life and IOU News. Additionally, the Union organizes birding trips both in state and across the country. Semi-annual meetings also allow bird lovers to network and learn more about the field, and the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union website hosts a photo gallery of rare or unusual bird sightings. For conservation professionals, the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union offers a project grant program. Reviewed by a board of ornithologists, proposals are evaluated on the basis of their ability to protect or improve important bird habitats or contribute to the scientific understanding of Iowa birds. Grants are usually disbursed in conjunction with the annual IOU spring meeting. More information on the Iowa Ornithologists’ Union is available at The National Audubon Society strives to conserve and restore ecosystems for birds and other animals through its series of scientific and educational programs, as well as through advocacy activities conducted by the organization’s nature centers and chapters. Founded over 100 years ago, the National Audubon Society grew out of a movement protesting the illegal killing of birds. Through the organization’s efforts, anti-poaching laws and hunting regulations were instituted, and President Theodore Roosevelt created the first National Wildlife Refuge. In more recent years, the National Audubon Society has led scientific research efforts that have proven instrumental in bird conservation efforts. The National Audubon Society has played a major role in assessing the risk to birds posed by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and it has maintained an annual Christmas bird count every year since 1900. The National Audubon Society offers a range of educational activities for children and adults, and over 1 million people visit Audubon Centers across the United States on an annual basis. For young students, the Audubon Adventures program offers in-class and after-school programs that can be integrated with local curriculums. For more information on the National Audubon Society and its activities, or to become a member, visit

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Posted by on August 23, 2010 in Uncategorized


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