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Sep 01, 2020
BILLS IN CONGRESS COULD SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT

It’s widely known that the current administration is doing everything possible to change existing laws, regulations and past presidential orders that offer environmental protection.  Changes have been made to the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act and other regulatory methods.  More oil well development is now allowed on protected lands in western states and Alaska. National Monuments have been reduced in size with much land turned over to ranchers. Some designated National Marine Refuges have been opened to fishing, and auto manufacturers have been told they do not need to reduce carbon emissions by 2025. All these actions and several more are increasing threats to climate change and the world’s environment.

In general contrast to the current Administration, Congress is pushing forward with several bills to help our birds and all wildlife, reduce pollution, increase national park funding, protect coastlines and more. It may be eye-opening to many citizens that virtually all these bills have relatively good bi-partisan support. An act described below has now actually passed and will be signed by the President. Other bills moving through Congress at this time are: Recovering America's Wildlife Act, Growing Climate Solutions Act, Shovel-Ready Restoration Grants for Coastline and Fisheries, Bird-Safe Building Act, and Migratory Bird Protection Act. 

A bill recently passed by House and Senate is the Great American Outdoors Act, and it has even been signed by the President.  This is a bill that has struggled for nearly two decades but the official act now will perpetually fund protection of federal public lands, and for the next five years it will also provide extra funding for National Parks, to help overcome large-scale lack of maintenance. Funds will not come from US taxpayers, but from other federal income sources. Now we must only wait to see how many of the other bills may be passed by Congress and signed into law.



Nov 04, 2019
SMALL GRANT APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR SUBMISSION JANUARY 1

Iowa Audubon’s annual small grants program will be open for applications from Jan. 1 to March 1, 2020. This upcoming year’s grants have been enlarged to offer more help with projects related to avian research, education, publications, and Important Bird Area habitat management and protection. 

Four grants of up to $1,300 each will be available for projects statewide, and two grants of $2,600 each will be available for projects only within the Iowa Great Lakes Region (Clay, Dickinson, Emmet,  O’Brien, Osceola and Palo Alto counties).  Money for our grants is made possible from the LaVonne & Dale Foote Memorial Fund and the Wilson B. Reynolds and Juanita E. Reynolds Fund.  Visit our webpage and click on upper right menu to find  application forms and instructions.



Feb 08, 2019
CONSERVATION CORPS OFFERS WORK AND TRAINING FOR FUTURE CONSERVATIONISTS

      Iowa Audubon hopes to find and encourage youth and young adults with an interest in conservation and training. That may lead to new careers for those who enjoy the outdoors and want to do whatever possible to assure protection of our vital natural resources. Thus, our organization is most pleased to share this information about the Conservation Corp of Minnesota and Iowa.

      Conservation Corps provides hands-on environmental stewardship and service-learning opportunities to youth and young adults while accomplishing conservation, natural resource management and emergency response work.  Goals are to help young people from diverse backgrounds become more connected to the environment, engaged in conservation, involved in the community and prepared for future employment. Mission and accomplishment of goals is achieved through initiatives for youth and young adults.      

      All Conservation Corps programs devote 20 percent of program time to technical-skills training, career-building skills such as resume writing and interviewing, and educational activities focused on environmental science and technology. Using scientific inquiry and experiential learning, the Conservation Corps helps young people learn more about the world around them and think critically about the impact of their personal choices on the environment. For more information about available youth and young adult opportunities, go to the Conservation Corps' following web page: 

https://www.conservationcorps.org/americorps-opportunities/