Mission and History

Our Mission:
Our Mission is to a) act to promote a wise, balanced, responsible, and ethical use of natural systems on a local, national, and global scale; and b) protect the biotic and abiotic components of local, national, and global natural systems. 
 
Our Purposes:
The purposes and objectives of this corporation shall be to engage in such educational, scientific, investigative, literary, historical, philanthropic and charitable pursuits as may be part of the stated purposes of the National Audubon Society, of which this corporation shall function as a Chapter. However, this corporation shall be a separate and autonomous organization and shall operate under the guidance, rather than the control, of the National Audubon Society. 

Redwood Region Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society.

History of the National Audubon Society
The Audubon Society was started in 1896 when women organized afternoon teas to convince Boston society ladies to boycott hats decorated with bird feathers. These meetings culminated in the founding of the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
 
Since then the National Audubon Society has worked to establish many important laws such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Endangered Species Act. Audubon also played an important role in the banning of DDT which was threatening bald eagles and many other large birds of prey by weakening their egg shells.
 

Redwood Region Audubon Society

·The Redwood Region Audubon Society (RRAS) was founded in 1969. It encompasses Humboldt, Del Norte and western Trinity Counties in north west California.

· We advocate for protection of birds and other wildlife by supporting local conservation efforts.

· Redwood Region Audubon Society advocates for education, sponsoring over 100 field trips annually, monthly presentations, and other events related to birds and other wildlife each year. These range from our weekly bird walks in the Arcata Marsh, to talks and field trips on the tracking of birds and mammals, to birding trips to Steen's Mountain, Oregon.

· Our conservation committee recently reviewed the Coast Seafood expansion plan, is initiating a local campaign to create bird friendly yards and communities, and is implementing a habitat improvement plan within the former “Devil’s Playground” area of Eureka.

· Anyone can join Redwood Region Audubon Society. Your membership sponsors our newsletter, webpage, regular monthly programs, conservation meetings, field trips, bird surveys and a bird alert hotline.

RRAS is a volunteer, nonprofit organization with about 500 members that relies on the energy and commitment of those members to be a strong and effective local conservation organization.

RRAS is governed by a Board of Directors of between 9 and 13 members, who serve 2-year terms. Elections are held each January. It also has active committees that handle conservation, education, field trips, finance, membership, nominating, programs, publicity, and publications. View the Chapter Bylaws.

RRAS holds a seat on the Board of Directors of the Northcoast Environmental Center (NEC), founded in 1971. As a host of citizen activist groups, the NEC has been at the forefront of every Klamath-Siskiyou regional environmental struggle for decades - from ancient redwoods, wild rivers, and recycling to toxics, energy, and endangered species.