Sunday, July 16

Sunday, July 16

DAY 3 | OVERVIEW

8:30am – 10:00am: Plenary Address with Keynote Speaker – Dr. Drew Lanham

10:30am – 12:00pm: Concurrent Session C

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch

1:15pm – 2:45pm: Concurrent Session D

3:00pm – 4:30pm: Concurrent Session E

4:45pm – 5:45pm: Closing Ceremony

6:00pm – 8:00pm: Outdoor Community Barbecue and Networking (With Special Feathered Guests)

*Detailed session information below.


Morning Schedule:

Time Name
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Social Media Mastery
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Arctic Birds Are Your Birds: How the Audubon Network Can Help Prevent Drilling in the Arctic
10:30am – 12:00 pm Q&A with Dr. Drew Lanham
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Water Scarcity and the Colorado River: Opportunities for Change
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Embrace the Future: Succession Planning and Long-Term Sustainability of Audubon Chapters
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Creating a Rewarding Volunteer Experience
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Climate Watch: Help Monitor Birds in a Changing Climate
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Advocacy for Birds: How To Become a Champion for Birds and Conservation
10:30 am – 12:00 pm International Alliances Program: How You Can Contribute to Full Life-Cycle Conservation

Social Media Mastery

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, and more – how do you keep up with the ever-growing suite of social media platforms? Where should you put your limited time and resources in order to yield the greatest return? Which tools can help you do more in less time? Join us as we dive into today’s social media landscape, examining which platforms are best to reach, engage, and activate your audiences. Learn how social media efforts can enrich your communication efforts and walk away with techniques that will help you build a vibrant, supportive online community.


Arctic Birds Are Your Birds: How the Audubon Network Can Help Prevent Drilling in the Arctic

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

The Arctic Refuge is one of America’s most iconic landscapes, where birds from across America converge on their Arctic nesting grounds. For more than 30 years, its protection has hung in the balance, and this year, it faces some of its most serious threats ever. Join Audubon’s leaders as they connect the Arctic to each Audubon member through bird migration, explain the playbook for making a chapter advocacy campaign succeed, present a toolkit for Audubon chapters to take concrete actions, and connect it to the national debate on public lands and protecting habitat across the states.


Q&A with Dr. Drew Lanham

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

After his keynote address, join Dr. Drew Lanham for a continued discussion on creating a more welcoming and vibrant conservation movement, why birds inspire him, his hopes for Audubon, and other topics.


Water Scarcity and the Colorado River: Opportunities for Change

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Water in the Colorado River Basin has long been the subject of contention, and fights over environmental water are legendary.  But as we learn to live with extended drought and climate change impacts, there appear to be some new opportunities to make progress, both for birds and for people. Water scarcity is driving many stakeholders to seek out new flexibility, and Audubon is right there with them, working to improve the health of rivers for everything and everyone that depends on them. Join us to learn what’s working, and where you can help make a difference.


Embrace the Future: Succession Planning and Long-Term Sustainability of Audubon Chapters

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Having a sustainable pipeline of future leaders is one of the biggest concerns expressed by Audubon chapters. Workshop participants will construct the beginnings of an organizational succession plan through interactive exercises aimed at developing a plan to recruit and equip future leaders. Plan components will include opportunities for cross-training, building a “bench,” and grooming up-and-coming volunteers or staff with the desire to take a more robust future leadership role. This session will be even more valuable if attended by teams from each chapter.


Creating a Rewarding Volunteer Experience

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Volunteer engagement, recruitment and management is at the core of Audubon’s existence, and yet most Audubon chapters struggle to recruit and retain volunteers. This workshop will show you how to maximize your ability to recruit the right types of volunteers, manage them to realize your mission, and retain them as part of your loyal workforce. Featuring the hands-on development of a volunteer engagement, recruitment, and management plan, this workshop will encourage you to increase reliance on volunteers as strong partners through evidence-based best practices.


Climate Watch: Help Monitor Birds in a Changing Climate

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Calling all birders! Audubon’s newest community science program, Climate Watch, needs YOU. Climate Watch seeks to understand how birds are being affected by climate change and test predictions of how our birds ranges will change with the climate. You’ll hear insights from Audubon scientists and grassroots leaders about participating in Climate Watch, what we’ve learned so far, how to get started yourself, and how Climate Watch fits in to Audubon’s climate initiative. You’ll walk away inspired and ready to participate in a Climate Watch effort in your local area.


Advocacy for Birds: How To Become a Champion for Birds and Conservation

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Building influence in your community and with elected officials (within the legal limits of your nonprofit status) has never been more important for bird-loving conservationists. This workshop will walk you through a rapid assessment of your advocacy capabilities and help you become a relationship-building powerhouse with real social and political influence. You’ll hear from experts and fellow grassroots leaders, and you’ll build an action plan that will have you interacting meaningfully with your elected officials over the rest of 2017 and beyond. The birds are counting on you.


International Alliances Program: How You Can Contribute to Full Life-Cycle Conservation

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Are you ready to learn more about participating in international bird conservation? This action-packed session featuring Audubon’s BirdLife International partner organizations from several countries will connect you to ways that you can contribute to full life-cycle conservation across birds’ wintering, migration, and breeding ranges. You’ll be introduced to new technologies, recent victories, and many other ways to get involved and protect birds across the flyways. You’ll also see a brand new mapping tool that shows you where birds from your area travel and how you can help them.


Afternoon Schedule:

Time Name
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Embrace the Future: Succession Planning and Long-Term Sustainability of Audubon Chapters
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Audubon’s Imperative: Being an Ally for Diverse Communities
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Plants for Birds: Creating a Plan of Action
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Bird-Friendly Buildings: How To Create a Successful Program
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Advocacy for Birds: How To Become a Champion for Birds and Conservation
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Great Photos, Mobile Video Interviews, and Effective Design Principles
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Important Bird Areas: Bridging Science With Planning, Advocacy, and Engagement
1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Insider Insights from the National Land Trust Community: Possible Lessons for a Strong National Audubon Chapter Network

Embrace the Future: Succession Planning and Long-Term Sustainability of Audubon Chapters

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Having a sustainable pipeline of future leaders is one of the biggest concerns expressed by Audubon chapters. Workshop participants will construct the beginnings of an organizational succession plan through interactive exercises aimed at developing a plan to recruit and equip future leaders. Plan components will include opportunities for cross-training, building a “bench,” and grooming up-and-coming volunteers or staff with the desire to take a more robust future leadership role. This session will be even more valuable if attended by teams from each chapter.


Audubon’s Imperative: Being an Ally for Diverse Communities

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

In this workshop, you will explore the power and practices of being an ally for groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the conservation movement. You will learn how the role of an ally can not only be supportive but indeed can be a critical force in building coalitions to create social and environmental change and justice. You’ll learn how to find the right way to engage with and support a group to which you may not belong, in a way that is offered respectfully and received positively.


Plants for Birds: Creating a Plan of Action

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

With hundreds of chapters and centers across the country providing native plant programming, Audubon has an incredible variety of innovative approaches for getting people engaged in native plants and getting native plants in the ground. This session will consist of a panel from across the Audubon network who will give brief, informative highlights of their programming, followed by break-out groups facilitated by these network leaders. Participants will develop plans for implementing or modifying their existing native plant programming, sharing and getting feedback from their peers.


Bird-Friendly Buildings: How To Create a Successful Program

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Scientific data show that bird-window collisions are a leading cause of bird mortality. Audubon chapters, centers and state offices have been integral to identifying the scale of the problem and are working to promote solutions to this pressing issue locally and collaboratively across the nation. In this session, leaders from across Audubon will share what they have learned and insights on how to develop successful programs. You’ll gain a better understanding of this multi-faceted problem and how to identify and plan the steps to develop a bird-friendly building program in your area.


Advocacy for Birds: How To Become a Champion for Birds and Conservation

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Building influence in your community and with elected officials (within the legal limits of your nonprofit status) has never been more important for bird-loving conservationists. This workshop will walk you through a rapid assessment of your advocacy capabilities and help you become a relationship-building powerhouse with real social and political influence. You’ll hear from experts and fellow grassroots leaders, and you’ll build an action plan that will have you interacting meaningfully with your elected officials over the rest of 2017 and beyond. The birds are counting on you.


Great Photos, Mobile Video Interviews, and Effective Design Principles

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Do your chapter communications need a boost? In this hands-on session, you’ll learn where you can find free or low-cost but high-quality photographs, how to handle copyrights and credits, how to create short videos using tools you probably have in your pocket, principles for great design (from fonts to colors to printing tips), and even bird photography ethics. You’ll get to try out the things that you’re learning in small groups. Please bring a sample newsletter, flyer, or video for discussion with the group. Session leaders will include the experts who create Audubon magazine and Audubon.org.


Important Bird Areas: Bridging Science With Planning, Advocacy, and Engagement

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Important Bird Areas are fundamental across Audubon’s conservation strategies and are focal points where we connect local communities to birds and nature around them. Whether helping to leverage funding, focusing our advocacy efforts, guiding energy development, or helping us target our monitoring and restoration efforts, IBAs have been pivotal to engagement across urban and rural landscapes. You’ll hear lessons from Arizona, California, the Great Lakes region, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and more, and will have an opportunity to share your stories and get guidance from our panel of experts.


Insider Insights from the National Land Trust Community: Possible Lessons for a Strong National Audubon Chapter Network

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

This session will feature insights from two practitioners from the Land Trust community, including a current commissioner with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. The session will review the Land Trust Alliance Standards and Practices with Accreditation, highlight how the national organization supports local land trusts of all sizes and capacities, and reveal how Audubon’s network could take some pages from the Land Trust playbook as it develops a collaborative, enterprising, and interconnected community of partners.


Evening Schedule:

Time Name
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Expanding Your Flock: Being Intentional about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Creating a Rewarding Volunteer Experience
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Local Solutions to Climate Change: How Audubon Chapters and Local Youth Can Make Cities Clean Energy Leaders
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm The River Is Wild: Tackling Riparian Restoration within City Limits
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Finding Success through Community Science Programming
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm The Art of Collaboration II: Initiatives and Long-term Alliances
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm How To Secure Press Coverage and Work with the Media
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm International Alliances Program: Bird-based Tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean

Expanding Your Flock: Being Intentional about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This workshop is for those who would like to kick-start or reevaluate their organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work. Together we will focus on planning effective and mindful engagement with existing members and the communities we live in, but perhaps haven’t fully represented. The goal of this session is to get specific about how we approach DEI work by creating action plans with the support of peers and a facilitator. Those interested in unpacking the complexities contained within the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion are encouraged to attend and actively participate.


Creating a Rewarding Volunteer Experience

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Volunteer engagement, recruitment and management is at the core of Audubon’s existence, and yet most Audubon chapters struggle to recruit and retain volunteers. This workshop will show you how to maximize your ability to recruit the right types of volunteers, manage them to realize your mission, and retain them as part of your loyal workforce. Featuring the hands-on development of a volunteer engagement, recruitment, and management plan, this workshop will encourage you to increase reliance on volunteers as strong partners through evidence-based best practices.


Local Solutions to Climate Change: How Audubon Chapters and Local Youth Can Make Cities Clean Energy Leaders

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

We all know birds will be affected by climate change. So, too, will today’s youth who are tomorrow’s conservationists. Join us at this workshop and walk away with a road map for how Audubon chapters and grassroots leaders can partner with youth to drive clean energy and climate solutions at the local level. Through a dynamic partnership with iMatter, a national campaign launched by youth, Audubon chapters and volunteer leaders can set their town or city on a path toward becoming a clean energy leader that both youth and birds can be proud of!


The River Is Wild: Tackling Riparian Restoration within City Limits

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Historically, urbanization led to many cities being developed on or near rivers to increase their trade and commerce. Decades later, we are forced to mitigate urban development in riparian habitats. Through Audubon’s Bird-friendly Communities initiative, Audubon Dakota and partners promoted the transformation of a concrete jungle in Fargo back into healthy ecosystems. This session will dig into the process of riparian restoration in an urbanized environment through strong partnerships and garnering community wide environmental awareness.


Finding Success through Community Science Programming

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Using Audubon’s iconic Christmas Bird Count, Great Backyard Bird Count, and Hummingbirds at Home programs, the panelists leading this session will discuss how to use these community science programs to increase engagement and chapter capacity and to meet strategic goals. Panelists will include chapter leaders, Audubon scientists, and program staff. You’ll hear successful strategies and lessons learned that you can reproduce in your own locations. You’ll have a chance to discuss with panelists and follow up afterward as you continue your work locally.


The Art of Collaboration II: Initiatives and Long-term Alliances

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Long-term collaborations require a commitment to a shared goal – and the need to be flexible in structure and outcomes. Institutional cultures, unrelated missions, and other demands on the partner organizations often present challenges. These issues can delay the work of alliances or pull them apart. In this session, you’ll have a chance to learn from and talk with other Audubon chapter leaders about multi-organization initiatives that have lasted, and what made them successful, from BirdSafe Pittsburgh to Harbor Herons to bird-friendly BMPs for arborists.


How To Secure Press Coverage and Work with the Media

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

This session will offer tactics you can easily use to secure earned media coverage as well as tips on how to react to unanticipated media inquiries. Topics covered will include: 1. How to secure media coverage in print, digital, broadcast media; 2. How to pitch stories and build relationships with reporters; 3. How to build and maintain relationships with local and state media; 4. How to amplify press coverage via storytelling, events, tours, etc.; 5. How to secure media that reaches Spanish speakers and other diverse target audiences; and 6. How to find media contacts via social media.


International Alliances Program: Bird-based Tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Fly South! Audubon staff and five of our international partners will present an overview of our bird-based tourism and community-development initiative and discuss how you can participate. By connecting with our international conservation partners through travel, U.S.-based Audubon chapters can contribute to meaningful conservation and local economic development. You’ll learn about sites, itineraries and considerations for taking or operating international trips. This session will be of particular interest if your chapter has members that take trips outside the U.S.