Western Rivers Action Network (WRAN), Audubon's multi-state grassoroots 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.
Keep an eye out for upcoming WRAN events and programs
On June 8th over sixty community leaders joined together in Phoenix to discuss river protection strategy. Read more here.
"Critical Wildlife Habitat in Peril," Arizona Republic Editorial, Sarah Porter, Audubon Arizona Executive Director
Rivers & Water in the News
"Trading Water," Phoenix Magazine
Colorado River--America's Most Endangered River--2013, American Rivers
"Treat Water Like Blood," Arizona Republic Editorial