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Audubon's Conservation Organization
Hundreds of conservation leaders, Audubon members, and Audubon staff participated in Audubon Assembly to set Audubon Florida’s 2024 Conservation Action Agenda. Conservation resolutions and priorities are set at each level by the National Audubon, Florida Audubon, Regional Conservation Committees, and local Chapters. Priorities are established through educational, scientific, investigative, literary, historical, philanthropic, and social equity pursuits.
Twelve resolutions – seven regional and five statewide – provide guidance on priority issues and conservation efforts. The agenda provides members, chapter leaders, directors, staff and the public with summary statements of our policy and conservation positions.
The 2024 Conservation Action Agenda is the only statewide conservation agenda in Florida that uses an open process to set its policy agenda with all stakeholders invited to participate. State priority issues integrate with the National Audubon Society’s strategic plan. Regional priorities unite Florida Audubon's forty-five local chapters into seven regional committees (RCCs).
Each year at the annual Assembly meeting, the seven RCCs set priorities for the upcoming year. The state priorities are compiled with the regional priorities and published in a pamphlet. see 2024 Agenda link below.
The South West RCC includes five chapters: Peace River Audubon Society, Audubon of the Western Everglades, Audubon of the Southwest (Ft. Myers), Sanibel-Captiva Audubon and Hendry-Glades Audubon. Bren Curtis has been on the SW Regional Conservation Committee (SW RCC) since 2018 representing PRAS. In January 2023, she was chosen as the SW RCC delegate to the Florida Audubon Board which holds quarterly meetings. Bren keeps PRAS active in local and regional conservation issues through Audubon Florida's monthly chapter president's meetings and RCC quarterly meetings. Peace River Audubon expands its local and regional outreach by engaging in state, national and international conservation issues.
PRAS has an impromptu Conservation Committee. Locally, PRAS member Edie Driest and Bren active in her Harbour Heights community with Florida Scrub Jay populations and regionally with Friends of Pelicans at Skywalk Pier. PRAS members Kerry Bower and Sue Galvin alert PRAS to the dangerous activities of phosphate mining along the Peace River Spillway. Rob Mills leads the invasive plant removal and Plants for Birds volunteers at Audubon Pennington Park and CHEC. PRAS member Phyllis Wojcik and Dr. Richard Whitman of the Heal our Harbor Board alert PRAS to water quality issues in Charlotte Harbor. Bren Curtis is a member of the Wildlife Team of the Everglades Coalition (64 conservation and environmental organizations). Internationally, climate resiliency and avian migration engage PRAS local issues to entanglements on a broader scale.
Audubon Florida's Conservation Action Agenda centers on these themes:
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