Issues and Campaigns
Lead Poisoning In Birds
The Bald Eagle, symbol of our country, California Condors and other birds that eat carrion are being poisoned with lead, even as you read this. Incredibly, human beings who consume game meat are susceptible to lead poisoning as well, though this is less well documented and less well known. Read more…
“Getting Green Laws” –
Environmental Topics in the Colorado Legislature
Audubon of Greater Denver and the Sierra Club Denver Metro Network teamed up for a great session on “Getting Green Laws” February 24, 2018. Check out 2018 Getting Green Laws Resource Page – your source for materials and handouts presented.
Chatfield Reallocation Project
Chatfield State Park hosts over 1.6 million visitors a year, with opportunities for a wide variety of recreational activities, including boating, fishing, camping, hot-air balloon rides, horseback rides, hiking, trail running, bird-watching, nature photography, bike riding, and scuba diving. It also provides a great diversity of wildlife habitats that support 375 species of birds, and has been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society.
The Corps of Engineers selected the most environmentally damaging alternative for the Chatfield project. It’s a bad deal for the public and for Colorado.
Colorado will lose cottonwood forests, wetlands, and free-flowing streams heavily used by recreationists and essential for wildlife, including the threatened Preble’s meadow jumping mouse. In return we get acres and acres of barren mud flats, for what the Corps determined to be “0” dependable yield – the amount of water the project could reliably provide.
Denver Audubon asserts that the Corps did not seriously consider a number of sound, reasonable alternatives that would do less environmental damage.
Thank you so much for your interest and efforts,
Audubon Society of Greater Denver
Information and addresses are available at www.savechatfield.org.
For more information, contact:
Polly Reetz, Conservation Chairman, or Ann Bonnell, Board Member, at Info@DenverAudubon.org
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Colorado and the Arctic Are Connected
Colorado’s skies and waters are often filled with bird species that breed in the Arctic. These species provide a direct and living connection between our state and the Arctic, including Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The Arctic Refuge contains some of the most abundant and diverse wildlife across the entire Arctic, and the coastal plain is its biological heart. The 1.5 million acre region hosts nearly 200 species of birds. Some of these species pass through Colorado migrating to or from the Arctic, while others spend the entire non-breeding season in our state.
Learn more about this threat to bird populations and how you can help protect birds in your backyard and at your office.
Keep Cats Indoors
The life and times of an outdoor cat and its impact on bird life. Watch a video and read about what happens when cats are allowed to run free or become feral.
Climate Change and Birds
Of the 588 North American bird species Audubon studied, more than half are likely to be in trouble. Learn more about what you can do to help birds in your neighborhood.