Date: 3/7/17 2:37 am
From: Karen Garrett <kjgarrett84...>
Subject: Re: Advice needed (again) and also Re: What can we do about this?
I also sign some of these petitions/letters, etc. I urge anyone who send
some of these "form letters" to our congressmen to add at least a couple of
sentences on why this is important to you, or at least try to make it
personal to these folks. In one letter a year or so ago, I asked Senators
Boozman and Cotton if they had ever heard a Wood Thrush sing, and what a
shame it would be if our grandchildren, their grandchildren never got to
hear one for themselves. Of course I am now on their e-mail, but that's
okay. Interestingly enough, Senator Cotton's e-mails go straight to my
"spam" folder. Some of you may find that amusing, as I do. Even those
that like him would probably find that to be funny. Senator Boozman's
e-mails do not go to that file. Go figure.

Karen Garrett

On Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 4:40 PM, Carol Joan Patterson <
<0000003a0ccbe138-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Jack and all, I sign many petitions, and I believe those posted by the
> National Audubon Society are particularly relevant. The way to deal with
> the lead issue, and many many other threats to our birds is to unite. If
> you haven't already, please take the time to read the message by David
> Yarnold. I was heartened by these words.
> Joanie
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Jack and Pam <00000064a46c579c-dmarc-request...>
> *Sent:* Sunday, March 5, 2017 3:44 PM
> *Subject:* Advice needed (again)
> Remember the Fellowship of the Wings list serve? It has been some time
> since anything has been posted on this discussion list which is dedicated
> to conservation topics that are verboten on ARBird. While posting is open
> to anyone on the list, discussions have often been initiated by me. Your
> responses to these posts have been particularly useful during my term
> serving on the National Audubon Society Board and have been used to make
> points at board meetings.
> During the January NAS board meeting considerable time was devoted to the
> topic of how Audubon should respond to the current political situation and
> especially to the Trump Presidency. The result of those discussions is, in
> part, reflected in the message below written by David Yarnold. Your
> thoughts and reactions on this piece, as well as any comments on the
> comments generated here, would be invaluable to me. Given the makeup of its
> membership and current national trends, is Audubon on the right track
> here? Note that Audubon has already come out strongly against the
> misogyny, racism, and general lack of respect for differences that have
> been expressed in the recent national discourse.
> So can you help me with your reactions? Thank you in advance.
> Jack
> If your in-box looks like mine, you’ve received a lot of email about the
> administration’s first draft of a budget outline. There’s a lot of
> bold-faced or bright red type on those emails and they make it sound like
> the proposed budget cuts are a done deal. Audubon thinks you deserve a more
> thoughtful response. Those emails would also lead you to believe that an
> executive order to begin the long process of undoing the Clean Power Plan
> is the end of the line. In fact, the administration’s budget proposal was
> designed to generate headlines about living up to campaign promises, but it
> also divided Americans on core values like clean air and clean water. The
> executive orders are just the beginning of a years-long process that will
> test the Audubon network’s commitment to science, community and fairness.
> Keep in mind a president’s budget proposal is just that: an opening bid.
> More details will emerge in the coming weeks. Those details will be debated
> for months in Congress. As we’ve seen in recent weeks on issues ranging
> from privatizing public lands to health care, you have a chance as
> constituents to influence how that budget gets shaped. As the voice of
> birds, Audubon will be by your side. We’ve worked to protect funding for
> the places birds need for 111 years—with Democrat and Republican presidents
> and across party lines in Congress. And in the coming weeks and months, we
> will work harder than ever with our elected representatives on both sides
> of the political aisle to make sure we continue to protect the clean air,
> clean water, and stable climate birds and people need to thrive.
> It’s clear that this administration, left unchecked, will fundamentally
> step back from all of those protections in the name of reducing the role of
> government. While it’s the nature of bureaucracies to need an occasional
> pruning, other agendas are at work, serving special interests like big oil
> and coal as well as the super-wealthy.
> Audubon’s leadership chooses to engage with this administration as we have
> with 28 that preceded it. We simply won’t stand aside while the future of
> the Arctic Wilderness or Endangered Species Act gets decided. But we’re
> under no illusions about how hard the fight will be in the face of many in
> the administration who equate caring conservation with economic hardship.
> That cynical and, some would say, blasphemous world view is a complete
> distortion of the values that drove Republicans from Teddy Roosevelt to
> Richard Nixon to create national parks and bedrock
> environmental protections.
> At every step of the budget process, Audubon—with your continued help and
> support—will fight to protect funding that’s critical to advancing our
> conservation work.
> How can we do it? We’re a credible voice for commonsense conservation, and
> that transcends party or politics. *The Atlantic* magazine recently *described
> Audubon*
> <> as
> “one of the oldest and most centrist of conservation-minded groups” in the
> country. In a polarized political climate, Audubon’s membership is unique,
> with members and donors from across the political spectrum,including
> Democrats, Republicans and independents. We are community builders, not
> community dividers because birds create common ground. When I meet with
> chapters, I see committed conservationists and I can’t readily tell R’s
> from I’s or D’s.
> You, our diverse members, make us an effective organization—in the
> communities we call home and in Washington D.C. Your representatives need
> to hear why funding conservation work is so important to you and to
> Audubon’s efforts across the country. You can be confident that in the
> coming weeks and months we will offer you opportunities to raise your
> powerful voice at the crucial points when it matters most.
> Remember, now more than ever, you’re what hope looks like to a bird. *Get
> involved and take action today.*
> <>
> Sincerely,
> David Yarnold
> CEO and President
> National Audubon Society

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