Audubon Washington has been working hard to get support for important protections along Puget Sound.
Tiny fish in Puget Sound are about to get a whole lot more attention. Legislation championed by Senator Christine Rolfes and recently signed by Governor Inslee will fund research on the forage fish populations in Puget Sound. Together with our chapter network, Audubon Washington educated our legislators on the importance of forage fish for marine birds and the marine food web at large. Whether it was talking forage fish with their representatives on Advocacy Day, writing letters and making phone calls at key junctures, or providing testimony at Committee hearings, Audubon chapters and state staff worked to make sure the needs of birds were on the table.
Audubon was also happy announce the derailment of plans to spray toxic chemicals in nearby estuaries.
Shellfish growers along Washington’s outer coast did the right thing earlier this week and asked the Department of Ecology to cancel a permit that would have allowed the spraying of a toxic chemical in estuaries that are critical for migrating shorebirds on their annual trek to breeding grounds in Alaska. Audubon Washington, U.S. Fish & Wildlife, National Marine Fisheries Service and others opposed the issuance of the permit to allow a neurotoxin called imidacloprid to be sprayed in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor – home to nine Important Bird Areas. We provided credible information to the media and activated our network to let Ecology and the Governor know this was unacceptable. It was the outcry from local chefs, restaurants, and consumers that really turned the tide and saved our birds