Part of the power of the Audubon Chapter Network is its ability to mobilize around ever-evolving conservation challenges through advocacy, legislation, and education.
These simple directions from Audubon’s Policy Office will help launch you as an advocate to make a difference for birds and the environment. Conservation policy efforts will not succeed without your help! Lawmakers care about your views and opinions. As a constituent, you have a unique ability to convey your concerns about issues affecting birds, wildlife and their habitats. Helping is easy, won't take much time, and most importantly, will go a very long way in protecting our birds and wildlife!
Sign up for Action Alerts from Audubon Washginton.
Join your local Audubon chapter and get involved with its conservation committee.
If you have 15 minutes, call your state legislators.
If you have an hour, schedule in-district meetings with your legislators, who often hold office hours at local coffee shops or community centers.
If you have a half-day, travel to Olympia to meet with your legislators, testify at a hearing, or submit public comments on a bill.
If you want to make a strong public statement, join other officials in signing letters and/or op-eds.
Know how to:
- Contact the governor
- Reach your local legislators
- Find out more about state elections here
- Learn Senate and House committee assignments
- Track bills
- Find information about the legislature
- Contact your local and county elected officials
- Call the Legislative Hot Line: 1-800-562-6000
TTY line for the hearing-impaired: 1-800-635-9993
- Exercise your right to vote!
The Art of Talking With Your Legislator
Emphasize what is known. Stop leading with unknowns, caveats, and disclaimers. What you start with is what people remember. Give those details later if need be.
Invert the standard order for reporting. Start with the main points, then give the background. Say why it matters up front.
Less is more. Stick to simple, clear messages about what's important and repeat them often.
Stop speaking in code. Choose plain language over technical terms, insider jargon, and acronyms. (Use Fahrenheit if that's what's most familiar to your audience. Human-caused, not anthropogenic.)
Apply endless pressure endlessly
Build relationships with those able to make decisions about conservation - find out what makes them tick
Create interest and goal alignment
Know who has the power to influence decisions they care about
Speak from the heart to connect values and perspectives
Work to build bridges
- National Audubon Society Advocacy Manual
- Talking Birds and Climate with Elected Officials
- Influencing Policy - a Power Mapping Exercise
- Messaging - Framing Your Message
- Focus your chapter's conservation priorities by drafting Chapter Position Papers, courtesy of Whidbey Audubon Society
- Building Coalitions, Commanding Numbers
- National Coalition Building Institute
- The National Forest Foundation A Roadmap for Collaboration Before, During and After the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Process - a new tool that will assist successful chapter engagement with the NEPA process.