Greater Roadrunner. Photo: Sandrine Biziaux Scherson/Audubon Photography Awards
Audubon Southwest is the regional office of the National Audubon Society, covering Arizona and New Mexico.
We know that to find solutions for birds, we must also find solutions for people. Across Arizona and New Mexico, we work toward our mission within a handful of strategic areas: Bird-Friendly Communities, Climate, Water, and Working Lands.
To protect birds and the places they need through the above strategic areas, Audubon Southwest engages in science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. We choose these approaches because education builds more effective advocates, scientists, and conservationists; because science ensures sure our education, advocacy, and conservation is accurate and beneficial; and because advocacy supports the investment and willpower that feeds into effective education, science, and conservation. Employing all of these tactics allows us to drive change effectively across multiple scales while benefiting birds and the places they need today and tomorrow.
Audubon works to save birds with work firmly grounded in science. As leaders in applied bird conservation science, we engage in research and analysis to support the development of our programs, to build our authority as a science-led thought leader, and to inform and evaluate the work of Audubon and our partners.
The goal of advocacy is to gain support to create change for the better. Audubon mobilizes advocacy action at both the grasstops and grassroots levels to build enduring support for conservation at a level great enough to ensure that public policy and private enterprise do right by birds as often as possible.
Audubon develops and leads education programming to increase the public’s understanding of the impacts of climate change and real-world solutions they can implement; to foster a well-trained and passionate workforce for environmental and conservation jobs; and to build a diverse coalition of people who care about and advocate for birds, water, and the natural environment with a focus on the inequitable impact that climate change has on marginalized communities.
On-the-ground conservation is critical for restoring places that birds need today, and protecting them for tomorrow and into the future. We prioritize conservation efforts that can provide immediate relief for our species of concern, while ensuring those efforts can yield long-term and multi-species benefits.