To the Editor:
John James Audubon lived from 1785 to 1851. He was a famous American bird painter and natural history scientist.
There are many Audubon groups, often called "societies," but they are not necessarily related. All these groups are concerned with birds, birdwatching and bird conservation, and all the Audubons help birds. The largest group is the National Audubon Society. Our local Copper Country Audubon (CCA) founded in 1972 has no affiliation with the National Audubon Society. Copper Country Audubon is a small group of about 300 members. There are hundreds of small Audubons throughout the United States.
States have Audubon Societies, too, like the Michigan Audubon Society (MAS) of Lansing. Our local CCA is a chapter of MAS, but CCA is one of the few Audubon societies in the state that has its own nonprofit status. In that way CCA is on a par with Michigan Audubon. Copper Country Audubon and MAS cooperate on bird projects, as we are stewards of the MAS sanctuaries in Keweenaw County.
When speaking of Copper Country Audubon, it is common for someone new to say that they are already a member of Audubon. The question is, "which Audubon?" One can be a member of any Audubon group or even several. By supporting your local Audubon first, your support will be used most effectively for local projects. Then, if you can, support the next level of Audubon. The closer to home your donation goes, the more good it will do for birds and bird conservation in the Copper Country and Keweenaw area.
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