May is Audubon month
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island received an honor from the state Senate recently when members of that legislative body approved a resolution recognizing the society for its noteworthy dedication to nature. The senators voted to designate May 2006 as Audubon Society of Rhode Island month in recognition of the society's longtime role in protecting and preserving the local environment.
Founded in 1897, the Audubon Society is the state's first environmental organization. Spearheaded by Senators M. Teresa PaivaWeed (D-Jamestown, Newport) John J. Tassoni Jr., and V. Susan Sosnowski, the proclamation lauds the Audubon Society stating, "For more than one hundred years, the Society has accomplished their goals and objectives through a statewide network of community-based nature centers The Society advocates and endorses sound state and local environmental policy. Their programs and workshops have helped to restore, protect, and preserve the waters, forest, and grasslands in the Ocean State, and are eminently worthy of our recognition and gratitude."
Today, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island's has some 17,000 members and supporters statewide and regionally. Its mission is threefold, focusing on environmental education, land conservation and environmental advocacy.
From May through September, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island is embarking on a membership drive to invite all Rhode Islanders to join the society and enjoy its many locations, events, and programs.