Healthy rivers are essential to our livelihoods and wildlife
Photo: Jonathan Buford
Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN) is Audubon's multi-state grassroots effort to protect rivers.
In the arid West we are all connected by rivers; they are the lifeblood of our land, our economy, our way of life. Western rivers, like the Colorado River and its tributaries, provide water for tens of millions of people, including twenty-two Native American tribes and the major cities of Denver, Phoenix, Albuquerque, and Tucson.
We aren’t alone in our reliance on western rivers. Many birds and wildlife depend on these riparian habitats.
Unfortunately, western rivers are at risk. Nearly 20 years of drought, invasive species, and over-allocated supplies threaten our remaining flowing rivers and associated habitat. In 2013, 2015, and 2017, American Rivers named the Colorado River America's most endangered river (read more). Many of the birds that depend on these rivers, such as the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Bell’s Vireo, are in decline.
However, together we can help. We can advocate for conservation action that keeps water in rivers, enhances the health of our environment, restores valuable habitat, and ensures reliable water supplies for humans, birds, and wildlife. JOIN WRAN TODAY!
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