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June 2017 Newsletter from Audubon Rockies
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HOW YOUR ACTION BROUGHT BIG WINS
FOR COLORADO WATER
Rafters on a river

Your action with Audubon Rockies makes a critical difference for birds and freshwater habitats. Recently, we collected 800 of your signatures, presented them at 17 in-person legislator meetings during the 2017 legislation session, and won $5M to fund state stream and watershed management plans. Then, more than 930 of you responded to our email action alerts, which helped to expand flexible agricultural water sharing, sustaining Colorado’s agricultural heritage and valuable bird habitat. 

RIVER NEWS: YOUR ACTION COUNTS

OTHER NEWS THIS MONTH   
community volunteers & corporate sponsors build habitat hero
garden for Fort Collins homeless


Generous corporate partners with Leadership Fort Collins team 'Mad Dogs' raised more than $6,000 to give the existing garden at the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope a makeover, and to transform it into a habitat for pollinators and birds. Twenty-four volunteers planted 220 native plants, installed an irrigation system, a shade sail, and rock benches for guests to take a break from life's troubles. "It can be really powerful when you're between homes to have a place to land--the garden gets to catch people," says Sarah, Garden Director of The Growing Project. There is something to be said for the power of business and the positive affect it can have on our communities. Audubon Rockies is eager to partner with businesses to build stronger communities, and offers a Corporate Sponsorship Package for companies, like those of the Sister Mary Alice Murphy project, who want to make a difference in our local landscapes and lives. 
Volunteers from local businesses and corporate sponsors built a pollinator garden at a Fort Collins facility for the displaced and homeless. 
Click the screenshot above to see a video of the garden project!
HOW TO BECOME A PARTNER IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Bee pollinating a flower
new Colorado Pollinator Highway paves way
for roadside restoration


Colorado became friendlier to pollinators this month by passing the “Colorado Pollinator Highway” Resolution HJR 1029. The Resolution sponsored by Representative KC Becker and Senator Jerry Sonnenberg passed both the House and Senate unanimously and designates Interstate 76 from the Nebraska state line to Arvada, Colorado to allow for better vegetation management, education and outreach to support pollinator habitat along the roadway. "Restoring and managing roadsides is vital if we hope to bring back pollinators," said Jennifer Hopwood of the Xerces Society. Colorado is home to over 950 native bee species, butterflies and other insect pollinators, all of which are vital to our state’s economy, food security, and environmental health. Read more.
PEOPLE & POLLINATORS ACTION NETWORK
Children on an Audubon field trip

job: full-time educator

Audubon Society of Greater Denver looking for a dedicated, energetic and enthusiastic individual to join our education team! You'll be responsible for  planning, preparing, and teaching environmental educational programs (about birds, habitats, watersheds, water quality, and conservation) for school-aged students, families, adults and children. Hurry! Position is open until 6/9/17 or until 50 applications have been received, whichever occurs first.

APPLY: AUDUBON EDUCATOR
Daly Edmunds, Director of Policy and Outreach for Audubon Rockies, with Bob Randall, Director of CO Dept. of Natural Resources deliver a chapter letter.
Audubon chapters across the west deliver joint letter
to oppose Trump budget cuts

The issue of management of Greater Sage-grouse continues to be part of the cluster that is Washington DC politics, as is evidenced by President Trump recent release of the details of his budget proposal on May 23.  Audubon agrees with Governor Hickenlooper’s statement, that it represents “Robin Hood in reverse.”  

Specifically related to sage-grouse, President Trump’s budget proposes cutting $11.5 million from the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) budget, thus seriously impacting the ability to implement the management plans. Audubon Chapters in Colorado and Wyoming, as well as in other key western states, came together in joint letters to their Governors and congressional delegations.


Colorado Chapters delivered their letter to Governor Hickenlooper’s key staff on May 26th.  Together, we asked that the Governors work with states’ congressional delegation to oppose legislative or administrative efforts to undermine sage-grouse conservation and ensure sufficient funding to allow efforts to succeed. 

Why does this matter?  Those plans amended 98 BLM and Forest Service land-use plans to incorporate strong grouse protection measures covering nearly 70 million acres of federal lands in 10 Western states. The herculean effort to improve the protections for grouse and management of the sagebrush ecosystem was instrumental in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s September 2015 decision not to list Greater Sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act because of sufficient regulatory protections for the bird.  In addition, the Agriculture Department’s budget proposes significant cuts to Farm Bill conservation programs that support producers who voluntarily implement measures to protect grouse and other species, including a $350 million cut to EQIP.  This short-sighted approach is a slap in the face of the years of collaborative hard work by westerners.
 
Audubon Rockies continues to work in Washington DC and across the West, trying to keep this train on the tracks. 
READ THE CHAPTERS' LETTER TO OUR GOVERNORS
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: UPCOMING EVENTS
 
nature journaling & art walk: the universal language of birds

Morning birding presentation, nature journaling and guided walks with Artist, Christina Baal, and Bighorn Audubon Society President, Dr. Jackie Canterbury. In the afternoon: Artist talk and gallery reception. Registration is free, and lunch and journaling supplies are provided. 

JOIN THIS ART EXHIBITION
 
manhattan townhomes pollinator planting!

Nature in the City and Habitat Hero's have partnered to plant a pollinator garden behind the new Manhattan Townhomes--come enjoy some sunshine with your neighbors while planting a habitat for birds and butterflies! Registration is required, and the event is limited to 30 participants, so hurry to grab your spot!  All materials, tools and lunch will be provided. 

PLANT A GARDEN IN YOUR COMMUNITY


2017 Bioblitz in Casper, WY

BioBlitz is a free camp-out where you and your family join professionals to conduct real biological surveys! Witness the natural diversity present on a working ranch, and learn why it's important to conserve working places, not only for food and fiber production, but for the ecological services they provide such as clean water and air, and wildlife habitat. BioBlitz will be held at The Nature Conservancy Peterson Ranch.

Last year, families and people of all ages had a ton of fun camping, learning, and participating in citizen science activities at the 6th annual Wyoming BioBlitz at Heart Mountain, near Cody Wyoming. Click the screenshot above to watch the video!
REGISTER FOR BIOBLITZ 2017 IN CASPER, WYOMING


Denver Botanic Gardens' 2017 Horticulture Home Garden Tour: Habitat Hero Gardens

A Habitat Hero is a gardener who, certified by Audubon Rockies, includes diverse planting layers through the use of native and regionally adapted plants, provides shelter and nesting opportunities, offers natural food and water sources, does not spread invasive species of plants and does not rely on the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Come see three of the best and most diverse examples of Habitat Hero gardens throughout the Denver-metro area.

TAKE THE HABITAT HERO HOME GARDEN TOUR
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