By Dianna Moore
Our December 7th program isa special event featuring Audu- bon’s new Alaska LegislativeAssociate, Lauren Hierl. She has
just returned from a fact-nding
trip with news of Audubon’swork to safeguard ANWR and protect the last best habitat of theTongass National Forest, one of seven temperate rain forests leftin the world. This work, a col-laborative effort between Audu-
bon’s policy ofce and Audubon
Alaska, has brought Audubon’sunique brand of science, policy,and education tobear on someof the most critically important bird and wildlife habitat in theworld. In order to reach as many people as possible, Lauren istraveling around the country tolocal chapter meetings, so weare fortunate to have a chanceto hear this up-to-date infor-mation from her. Please join usand show your support for your chapter and for these importantissues.The meeting is on Sunday, De-cember 7th from 1:30pm until3pm at the Pearsall Building,2109 Sumner Ave. The entranceis on the east end of the building.We will serve refreshments.
New coordinator joinsGHNWR
by Megan Johnson
I am the new Education andOutreach Coordinator for theGrays Harbor National Wild-life Refuge. I am excited to beworking with the community tostrengthen our relationship withthe natural environment we livein. I am grateful to be work-ing with such wonderful peopleincluding the members of theShorebird Committee and theemployees and volunteers at theGrays Harbor National WildlifeRefuge. This year GHNWR staff has decided to focus on3rd and 4th grade classroomvisits due to the expansion and popularity of the Education Pro-gram. This change will bringmore clarity to the curriculumand lead to a stronger education program.I grew up watching the beautifullandscape in the Mojave Desertof Southern California amongthe coyotes, cacti, MountainLions and Joshua trees. I wasdrawn up north through San
Francisco, Portland and nally
to Olympia where I have mademy home.My passion for environmen-tal conservation started young
when my fth grade teacher
introduced me to anthropogen-ic impacts on the earth. Sincethen I have been discoveringthat I can create movement andchange in simple and complexways.I am honored to be serving TheGrays Harbor National WildlifeRefuge through AmeriCorps.The opportunity to educate chil-dren about Shorebirds and theimportance of GHNWR to theconservation of migrating birdsgives me great pleasure.
Concerned about GlobalWarming?
Here is what
your State Ofce is doing...
Audubon Washington staff areoften asked what the State of-
ce is working on in regards to
Global Warming. Right now, weare focusing on a national cam- paign, the C-Change GlobalWarming Campaign. The pur- pose of this campaign is two-fold: to generate pressure ontargeted swing congressionalmembers and to create climatechange champions among our senators to ensure stronger con-servation legislation from thenext Administration.There are three primary compo-
nents to this campaign. The rst
is pre-election tasks. We have been seeking opportunities todiscuss climate change at publicforums, local candidate debates,and other public meetings. OnOctober 15th, the “Feeling theHeat Report” was also released.Audubon Washington collabo-rated on this report focusing onrising global temperatures andwhat implications temperaturetrends might have for our state.Another component of the cam- paign is ongoing tasks. Our of-
ce has been sending letters to
three target audiences: grass-tops leaders within our state,state university presidents, andlocal businesses. Through theseletters, we are urging participa-tion in this campaign to encour-age Congress to reduce carbonemissions, invest in clean en-ergy, and protect communi-ties from the impact of globalwarming.
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