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John James Audubon Conservation Network

ISC-Audubon is engaged in keeping the spirit of bird & wildlife conservation alive in the name of the John James Audubon John James Audubon paintingConservation Network, through programs for homeowners, businesses, communities and neighborhoods.

In these turbulent economic times one might wonder: “Why should I care about birds?” In short, while the United States is blessed with diverse landscapes, a wealth of natural resources, and spectacular wildlife, we are also blessed with more than 800 different bird species, and we share these birds with people from around the world, as billions of migratory birds follow the seasons across oceans and continents. Birds have become a part of our national heritage. As Americans, our passion for nature is growing ever more evident, as wildlife watching generates over $120 billion in economic output annually, and one in every four American adults considers themselves to be a "bird watcher."

These reasons are why ISC-Audubon has created the John James Audubon, Bird & Wildlife Sanctuary Program, the Bird City USA Program for municipalities as well as the Sustainable Landscapes Program for those people and businesses that may only manage small landscapes, but that still want to do their part for conservation.

John James Audubon was born on April 26, 1785. He grew to become a famous American ornithologist, naturalist, hunter, and painter. He painted, catalogued, and described the birds of North America in the early nineteenth century, and published Birds of America, a massive book containing 435 hand-colored plates of 1,065 individual birds. Audubon became the chosen name and symbol for a movement coined “The Audubon Movement" that began in the late 1890s to stop the unrestricted slaughter of birds. Early Audubon members pledged to shun the fashion of the day of wearing hats and coats adorned with bird feathers and wings, and to hunt birds for consumption only, rather than sport or trade. Early members also studied birds, improved their habitats, and fought for bird protection. Their activism fledged a broader conservation movement and eventually led to passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918. The Act ended trade in migratory birds, and was among the first federal protections ever afforded to wildlife.

The U.S. human population has skyrocketed from about 8 million to over 300 million since that time, and as we have harvested energy and food, grown industries, and built cities, we have often failed to consider the consequences to nature. (Globally the human population now is over 7 billion and in the next few decades will reach 9 billion.) During our history, we have lost a part of our natural heritage—and degraded and depleted the resources upon which our quality of life depends. We have lost more than half of our nation’s original wetlands, 98% of our tallgrass prairie, and virtually all virgin forests east of the Rockies. Since the birth of our nation, four American bird species have gone extinct, including the Passenger Pigeon, once the world’s most abundant bird. At least 10 more species are possibly extinct.

Birds are bellwethers of our natural and cultural health as a nation—they are indicators of the integrity of the environments that provide us with clean air and water, fertile soils, abundant wildlife, and the natural resources on which our economic development depends. In the past 40 years, major public, private, and government initiatives have made strides for conservation. Has it been enough? How are birds faring?

We ask you to join us in our efforts to reverse the damage to our nation’s habitats and protect our remaining natural landscapes—the foundation upon which our resources, our wildlife, and the lives of our children depend. Cooperative conservation efforts among the government, conservation organizations, and ordinary citizens—private landowners, hunters, and bird watchers—really are making a difference.

ISC-Audubon, a non-profit organization founded upon the Principles for Sustainability. Simply stated, the programs that comprise the John James Audubon Network for Conservation were created to provide direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for municipalities, communities, neighborhoods and businesses throughout the United States who embrace the importance of birds and wildlife as part of our American Heritage, and who include “bird friendly” landscape management in the way their properties are being taken care of. This includes landscapes with a focus on the needs of birds during their nesting, migratory and winter seasons.

All of the ISC-Audubon Programs are intended to be fun, educational, increase community and civic pride, and encourage public participation. We hope you will consider joining us today!!

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Urbana University - First Bird Campus USA

Bird Campus USAUrbana University, an ISC Charter Member, recently became the first Bird Campus USA member in the country.  Steve Jones, PhD, President of Urbana University indicated that participation in the Bird Campus USA program was a logical step to take, not only because the program provides a mechanism to implement part of the Universities Sustainability Charter connected with stewardship, but because it will both contribute to the conservation of birds, as well as save the University money connected with campus management. 

Dr. Jones said, “With the financial assistance of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, we have identified 14 acres on the campus that we previously maintained in turfgrass.  Those areas are now being restored to native Ohio prairie habitat. This will not only reduce the time, money and resources that we expended in maintaining turfgrass, but we will be helping several species of prairie habitat oriented bird species.  In addition, we have created a learn by doing experience for students, faculty and administration that will result in a community environmental education asset.”

Learn more about Urbana University at: www.urbana.edu


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

LandDesign
www.landdesign.com

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

Cold Climate Housing Research Center
www.cchrc.org

The State of the Birds
www.stateofthebirds.org

Green Living Tips
www.greenlivingtips.com

The Daily Green
www.thedailygreen.com

Energy Star
www.energystar.gov

Bird City, Kansas
www.birdcity.com 

Urbana University
www.urbana.edu

Sustainable Northern Shelter
www.cchrc.org

 

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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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