Nature Experts from Across America to Speak Up for the Environment on Capitol Hill – February 8, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society will lead Independent Audubon Naturalist Societys to press Congress for support for EPA Grants, the Clean Water Rule, Migratory Birds, the Chesapeake Bay, and more

For more information, contact Caroline Brewer, [email protected] or 301-652-9188 x 23

Chevy Chase, MD – Nature experts from Maine to Montana are gearing up for their first-ever Independent Audubon Naturalist Societys Lobby Day on February 8.

The environmental experts, who hail from 9 regions of the country, will press Congress on legislative and funding issues ranging from full funding for EPA grants, to protection of the Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which inspired the founding of each Independent Audubon Naturalist Society. On the agenda also will be full funding for regional initiatives in land conservation and habitat restoration, such as the Chesapeake Bay Program and its watershed, a source of drinking water for nearly 6 million people in the DC metropolitan region.

Lobby Day is organized by Lisa Alexander, Executive Director of the Audubon Naturalist Society, which represents members in the DC metropolitan area, and was founded in 1897. Alexander, the only woman leader among the Independent Audubon Naturalist Societys, said, “When we protect nature, we protect ourselves. We have high hopes that our congressional members will understand that protection of clean air, water, and land are bipartisan priorities.”

Joining Alexander will be leaders from Audubon Naturalist Societys in Kansas, Connecticut, Maine, MontanaMassachusettsNew HampshireNew Jersey and Rhode Island.

The Lobby Day Meeting Schedule:

9:45 a.m. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
9:45 a.m. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
11 a.m. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
11:30 a.m. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (D-NJ)*
12:30 p.m. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)*
2 p.m. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)*
2 p.m. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)*
2:30 p.m. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)*
3:00 p.m. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA)

*(Meetings will be with staff)


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About ANS: ANS is the oldest, independent environmental organization in the DMV. Throughout its history, ANS has played a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and, most recently, Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS’s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.