Big Victories for California’s Birds

Great Egret by Dave Weeshoff

On California Audubon’s Virtual Advocacy Day, June 2nd , your SFVAS Conservation team and many other active Audubon California Staff and Chapter members held 50 virtual (Zoom) meetings with California legislators and sent over 16,000 letters on top issues affecting birds and our communities. Our voices were heard and secured significant victories in our state budget and legislation priorities:

Victories in State Budget 

Together, we secured $77 million in the state budget to support California’s birds, ecosystems, parks and environmental education, including:

  • Department of Water Resources
    • $9.6 million for the Sustainable Groundwater Management Program for community drinking water and wetlands that support native and migrating birds.
    • $19.3 million to address air quality and habitat restoration at the Salton Sea.
  • Department of Fish and Wildlife
    • $23.4 million to existing programs and recent mandates that support birds and wildlife.
  • State Parks
    • $20 million to establish the Outdoor Equity Grants Program to support underserved populations to participate in outdoor environmental education.
    • $5 million for a new state park.

Victories in Legislation

Audubon California’s sponsored bill, AB 3030 (Kalra), will create a state goal of conserving 30% of our lands and waters to support natural climate solutions which will capture carbon, reduce emissions, and create wildlife habitat.

AB 3030 cleared the California Assembly and will begin committee hearings in mid-July. If the bill passes committee and floor votes, Governor Newsom will have the opportunity to sign the bill into law in August.  

We will stay tuned as we look ahead to the rest of the legislative season to take these wins across the finish line. And we will keep you posted!