Sage-grouse populations have been declining throughout their range due to habitat loss associated with oil and gas development, exurban development, and competition from invasive species. This renewal grant would support National Audubon’s efforts to seek habitat protections needed by sage-grouse to survive across seven states in the West. Audubon will employ scientific analysis of the habitat needs of sage-grouse and pursue outreach to decision makers, the public, industry, and the ranching community in support of sage-grouse conservation.
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for protecting the sagebrush ecosystem
The nonprofit National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas, using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. This grant supports ongoing education of the public and policymakers about sagebrush and the greater sage-grouse, a bird that is recognized as an indicator species of the ecological integrity of the sagebrush ecosystem. Consistent with the Western Conservation grantmaking strategy’s attention to the biodiversity of the North American West, conserving the sagebrush ecosystem, which spans 14 states, benefits more than 350 species of plants and animals. (Substrategy: Advance Conservation Protections)
for general operating support
This proposed general support grant to the National Audubon Society is in recognition of the outstanding work Susan Bell performed while vice president of the Hewlett Foundation. With a passionate interest in bird conservation, Susan is now a highly effective Audubon board member. This grant would support its advocacy efforts on behalf of bird conservation.
for support of the Regional Integrated Sagebrush Campaign project
Sage grouse populations have been declining across the intermountain West due to new energy development and poor livestock grazing practices. This grant would support the Society’s work to protect sage grouse habitat in a 60 million-acre area encompassing parts of six western states.