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Dec 15, 2021
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, 2022. Our grants offer help with projects related to avian research, education, publications, and Important Bird Area habitat management and protection.  

Four grants of up to $1,000 each will be available only within the Iowa Great Lakes Region (Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, O'Brien, OSceola and Palo Alto counties) and two grants of $500 each will be available for projects in all other counties, statewide.  Money for our grants is made possible from the LaVonne & Dale Foote Memorial Fund   Visit our webpage and click on upper right menu to find  application forms and instructions.



Dec 15, 2021
FIVE MINUTES PER MONTH FOR CLIMATE ACTION

Friends of birds and the natural world, 

        

The major bills nearing completion in Washington make some progress in combatting climate change.  As currently projected, however, they are clearly not enough to reach our necessary carbon emission goals of 50% reductions by 2030 and net zero by 2050.  Additional legislation will be needed.  With the evenly divided Senate, bipartisan solutions provide the greatest hope for reaching our goals.  There is a growing understanding among conservatives that bold legislation is necessary to protect the earth’s and humanity’s future.  Our members of congress in Iowa need to join this group.  A steady barrage of calls insisting on climate action will get their attention.

 

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividends Act was developed with bipartisan input.  It is consistent with conservative principles, using the free market to guide us to a low carbon future.  The dividend to the American people makes it a progressive bill that does not place the burden of the energy transition on the less advantaged.  It is revenue neutral and won’t add anything to the federal debt.

 

Are you willing to spend 5 minutes per month getting the US on track to do our part for climate change?  One simple action you can take is to join Citizen’s Climate Lobby’s Monthly Calling Campaign.  You do not have to join CCL.  You will be assigned a day of the month to call your members of Congress.  You will get a reminder on that day with a suggested request and your member of congress’ phone number.  It literally takes five minutes or less to make a call.  Here is how to join: 

https://citizensclimatelobby.org/monthly-calling-campaign/?_



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/