Audubon de Mexico Celebrates 45 years by raising the stakes

By Sheridan Sansegundo

Audubon de Mexico, founded in San Miguel and the only Audubon chapter in the country, will celebrate its 45th anniversary this year. To mark this noteworthy achievement, Audubon has created a new program that will advance its environmental advocacy mission.

“It will come as a surprise to no one that the environment of San Miguel and its surrounding area is threatened by many conditions, including poor water conservation and protection; a long history of stream degradation; the continuous loss of trees; and environmentally destructive development practices,” says Audubon president Linda Whynman. “These are pressing challenges that must be addressed if we are to continue to sustain quality of life for birds and wildlife – and people, too,” she adds.

Motivated by a sense of urgency and the emergence of local grassroots environmental efforts showing great potential, the Audubon Board of Directors recently established an Audubon Environmental Grant program that will make individual awards of up to US$5,000 to fund environmental education, restoration and conservation projects or other efforts that promote stewardship and improve the local environment. Awards will be made twice yearly, in April and October on a competitive basis. NGOs and individuals interested in applying for an Audubon Environmental Grant can find more detailed information on Audubon’s website at beginning in early February, or may send an email to asking to be placed on the mailing list.

“There is no shortage of environmental need or great project ideas to address the need, but there is a shortage of funds to support worthy projects,” Whynman states. “Our intention is to provide grant funding to help kick-start new projects and to help sustain existing projects with a successful track record – either through direct funding or by providing matching funds.”

To financially support the environmental grant program, Audubon has set a goal to increase the amount of funds it raises through memberships, programs and special events. Foreseeing the need for additional people power to help the organization achieve this goal, the Audubon Board recently created a number of new board positions, including membership, fundraising, communications and database management. “We are actively seeking people to work with us in these areas, who are committed to our goals and who are motivated to help us reach them,” continues Whynman. “Working on and with the Audubon board is very gratifying. We work very purposefully and then celebrate our accomplishments by having a lot of fun together.”

People who are interested in getting involved or who would like to know more about the organization and how they might contribute can contact Audubon board member Bruce Janklow at

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