National Audubon Society

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“One of the oldest and most high-brow of American conservation groups, the Audubon Society has long been a bastion of Rockefeller Republicans. It demonstrates a particular obsession with Third World birth rates, advocating harsh population control measures. In 1991, the group fired Les Line, the award-winning editor of Audubon magazine, and replaced him with Malcolm Abrams, former editor of The Star tabloid. The group takes in hundreds of thousands of dollars from conservative foundations, such as Pew Charitable Trusts (Sun Oil), the J.M. Kaplan Fund (a former pass-through for CIA moneys) and the Ford Foundation. It has also raked in millions from royalties on oil and gas wells in its Rainey Wildlife Reserve in Louisiana. Last year, the group purged staff, including Brock Evans, widely regarded as the best eco-lobbyist on Capitol Hill. Former staffers say the new president, John Flicker, wants to turn the group into a Nature Conservancy for the birdwatching crowd. Local chapters, such as Sassafras Audubon in Bloomington, Ind., and Kalmiopsis Audubon in Port Orford, Ore., often demonstrate a refreshing degree of independence.

Peter Berle, an Audubon Society lawyer commanding $200,00 a year, trimmed the conservation staff and gloated “Unlike Greenpeace, Audubon doesn’t have a reputation as a confrontational organization.” (Washington Babylon, 200)





  • Budget: $44.9 million
  • Staff: 300
  • Members: 550,000
  • CEO Salary: More than $180,000 including benefits” [1]

Directors (2008)

Accessed October 2008: [1]

Former Directors (Accessed 2006)


Contact details

225 Varick Street
7th Floor
New York, NY 10014
Fax: (212) 979-3188
Email: smontgomery AT

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