On getting involved

The Auk



The American Ornithologists' Union and its members had an early history of involvement in public affairs and conservation activities. A very active Committee on Bird Protection was among the first of the service committees to be established. In the 1880s it gathered data on the plumage trade and worked for legislation to protect birds, preparing a model law for the protection of nongame birds that was adopted quickly by two states and later by others. As a direct result of action at the 1884 A.O.U. meeting, the forerunner of the present U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was established as a government office. The present National Audubon Society was another outgrowth of the A.O.U.'s early conservation and educational activities. In the 1920s the A.O.U. raised funds to establish a bird sanctuary at Olney, Illinois, in honor of Robert Ridgway.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title On getting involved
Series title The Auk
Volume 97
Issue 3
Year Published 1980
Language English
Publisher American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 2 p.
First page 637
Last page 638
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