Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN), Audubon's multi-state grassroots effort to protect rivers
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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 in our flyway depend on these river habitats.
Unfortunately the health of these rivers and the livelihood of the people and the wildlife that depend on them are in jeopardy. A combination of drought, invasive species, over-allocation and unsustainable management are running our rivers dry, and recently, American Rivers named the Colorado River Ameirca's most endangered river (read more). Many of the birds that depend on these rivers, like the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Bell's Vireo, are in decline, and the future of the communities and economies surrounding our rivers is uncertain.
However, we can help. Together we can advocate for conservation actions that will increase river flow, enhance the health of our environment and restore valuable wetlands and forests.
Click here to join Audubon's Western Rivers Action Network as we rise to this historic challenge to create healthier western rivers for the birds, wildlife, and people.
During February, also known as I the Verde month in Arizona, WRAN members reinvigorated their passion for the state's rivers through a month's worth of events celebrating the Verde River. River-themed educational programs were held, Verde-inspired artwork was displayed, and sustainably-grown Verde Valley wine was tasted. During March, we plan to take full advantage of the momentum by putting our members to work!
"Critical Wildlife Habitat in Peril," Arizona Republic Editorial, Sarah Porter, Audubon Arizona Executive Director
Arizona's Western Rivers Fact Sheet. Audubon Arizona
"How to be an Effective Advocate in Less Than Five Minutes". The National Audubon Society
"Tips for Meeting With Elected Officials". The National Audubon Society
"Tips for Successful Advocacy Meetings". The National Audubon Society
"The Right to Write: Sending Paper Mail in an Internet World". The National Audubon Society
Rivers & Water in the News
"New Survey:Conservation Could Impact 2014's Ballot Box". The Colorado Colelge State of the Rockies Project
Statewide Poll on the Importance of Water. Environmental Defense Fund
"Healthy coexistence key to saving San Pedro River", UnEarthed - The Earthjustice Blog
"Trading Water," Phoenix Magazine
Colorado River--America's Most Endangered River--2013, American Rivers
"Treat Water Like Blood," Arizona Republic Editorial