Our Conservation Approach
As part of our 2012-15 strategic plan, Audubon is implementing five main conservation strategies--Putting Working Lands to Work for Birds & People, Sharing Our Seas & Shores, Saving Important Bird Areas, Shaping a Healthy Climate & Clean Energy Future, and Creating Bird-Friendly Communities--that are crucial to tackling the key issues facing birds across the Americas.
In Latin America and the Caribbean we face many challenges including a huge push for increased infrastructure, the growth of sprawling urban areas, and, in many cases, few government protections. Fortunately we can turn to our vast network of 22 state offices, 465 Chapters, and 47 nature centers, which provide the foundation for sustainable conservation projects that aid our avian friends. We also work with BirdLife International, 19 BirdLife partners, and numerous other organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean to expand the scale of bird conservation in the Americas to the flyway level.
In Chile, IAP works closely with Centro de Estudios y Conservacion del Patrimonio Natural (CECPAN) to address threats to the Hudsonian Godwit (99% of the Alaskan population and 29% of the global population visit the area) and Whimbrel (61% of the Pacific Coast population visit the area). We have begun a long-term initiative with landowners on Chiloe Island to establish healthier ecosystems and protect the wintering grounds for the Hudsonian Godwit. This project focuses on implementing better stewardship of key natural resources on private lands, improving watershed quality, managing livestock and agricultural production in environmentally sustainable ways, and protecting the bays of Chiloe, which provide important wintering habitat for Alaska shorebirds.