INDIANAPOLIS – Birds are facing both a climate and a biodiversity crisis. On Monday, Jan. 30, Indiana residents and concerned Audubon members and experts from across the state will “flock” together for Audubon Great Lakes Advocacy Day at the Indiana Statehouse to meet with elected officials to advocate for protections for birds, other wildlife and Indiana’s precious natural resources.
North America has lost more than three billion birds over the past half-century, and two-thirds of North American bird species at risk of extinction due to climate change.
Media are invited as dozens of Audubon advocates and policy experts as well as statehouse legislators gather for a speaking program and luncheon before one-on-one meetings in the afternoon.
During the Advocacy Day, Audubon members and policy experts will share policy solutions that address climate change, protect Indiana’s wetlands and help to ensure the survival of vulnerable birds like Indiana’s Red-headed Woodpecker and Least Bittern.
Currently, less than 10 percent of Indiana’s energy comes from renewable sources, which are key to reducing greenhouse gas pollution. Indiana has also lost more than 85 percent of its wetlands – important natural infrastructure that buffers communities against flooding, absorbs carbon pollution, and provides habitat for vulnerable birds and other wildlife.
Polling shows that Indiana voters strongly support wetlands protections and want more renewable energy in the state.
· Rep. Mike Speedy (IN-R-90)
· Caitlin Smith, Legislative & Public Policy Director, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
· Sam Whiteleather, Assistant Division Director of Private Lands Division of Fish & Wildlife, Indiana Department of Natural Resources
· Marnie Urso, Senior Policy Director, Audubon Great Lakes
· Audubon members and concerned Hoosiers from across the state
Monday, Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Speaking program to include welcome and introduction from Audubon Great Lakes, and remarks from Rep. Mike Speedy (IN-R-90); Caitlin Smith, Legislative & Public Policy Director for Indiana Department of Natural Resources; and Sam Whiteleather, Assistant Division Director of Private Lands Division of Fish & Wildlife for Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
State legislators and Audubon advocates luncheon. A photo opportunity will take place.
Meeting location: Indiana Statehouse, North Atrium
200 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204