Conservation Committee member Val Cunningham leading a birding walk for new birders

Photo credit: Ron Winch

The Conservation Committee’s mission is simply to live up to its name. Members volunteer their efforts in a variety of ways to help conserve the natural world. Sometimes we roll up our sleeves to improve habitats, census birds and/or lead bird walks. At other times we’re “armchair activists,” researching and presenting information on issues to guide St. Paul Audubon’s members in contacting decision- makers at the local, state or national level to promote conservation. We also work with many other like-minded local organizations to increase our impact when we approach the State Legislature on conservation and environmental issues.

Our members are active, involved people dedicated to the principle of taking action to make the world a better place for birds and other wildlife. Are you the kind of person who likes a hands-on approach, such as whacking invasive plant species, leading bird walks for new birders and/or helping put together symposiums on major environmental issues? Or would you prefer to research timely issues and inform St. Paul Audubon members about how they can take positive action? If your interest is on the policy side, you can help by working with our partner organizations to help influence decision-makers at the local, state and national level.

Whatever your preference, we need you. Here’s your chance to put your concern about what’s happening to the natural world into action. Members of the St. Paul Audubon Conservation Committee are buckthorn busters, bird census takers and seminar organizers. We’re researchers and report-writers and we represent St. Paul Audubon on various task forces and coalitions.

We’re “always on the lookout”: for new members for our committee because the more of us that work on conservation issues, the more we can get done—it’s that simple. The committee meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at 1463 Portland Avenue in St. Paul. Contact co-chairs Susan Solterman or Val Cunningham for more information. You’ll be more than welcome at any of our meetings as you discover what a lively, committed group of Auduboners can accomplish.