Iowa Audubon


Aug 03, 2022

Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives in June with a bi-partisan vote and was sent to the Senate for approval. RAWA will help conserve our nation’s wildlife by dedicating $1.3 billion for state-level conservation and $97.5 million to Tribal Nations to recover and sustain healthy bird, fish, and other wildlife populations. Funding will be used to implement on-the-ground conservation efforts such as conserving and restoring habitats, fighting invasive species, reintroducing native species, and tackling emerging diseases for more than 12,000 species, including 800 kinds of birds.  Identified Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) are outlined in the congressionally mandated State Wildlife Action Plans to inform their conservation actions in each state.  Iowa DNR has hundreds of creatures listed in its SGCN, and Iowa could annually receive $13 to $15 million or more annually to save wildlife and habitat.

Funding to Tribal Nations will allow for the expansion of conservation efforts on their Native American lands, which provide vital habitat for hundreds of fish and wildlife species, including more than 500 species listed as threatened or endangered.

Saving wildlife nationwide is an investment in a clean, sustainable, and thriving economy for both rural and urban communities. RAWA will help create more than 30,000 jobs and over $93 billion in economic activity good for wildlife, taxpayers, and business. Iowa Audubon and National Audubon’s Minnesota-Iowa-Missouri regional office ask that you contact our Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, urging them to vote in favor of passing the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act when it comes to the Senate floor. There is a pause while Senate is in August recess, but RAWA action could start when back in session this September. Go to the following Audubon link and easily sign a letter to urge Senators Grassley and Ernst to help pass RAWA:

Jul 05, 2022

The Mississippi River is an extremely important ecological, economic, and cultural resource that is in severe decline.  The river has a critical value to communities and wildlife throughout a large portion of the United States. However, many changes to the river, its floodplain and coastal wetlands have increased flooding, reduced numerous kinds of wildlife, caused job losses, reduced recreational opportunities, and increased costs to keep communities safe with a supply of clean drinking water. 

The Mississippi River Restoration and Resilience Initiative (MRRRI) is a plan that would create a framework to help reverse the decline of the Mississippi River. It has been introduced as a new bill in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Betty McCollum of Minnesota. Iowa Audubon has gone of record in support of thios legislation and now urges our members and every Iowan to contact your elected members of Congress and Senate, asking them to back this bill currently in the House and also when it is eventually in the Senate.

Dec 15, 2021

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.