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Streamlined membership: simple is better!

Changes in our membership structure make it easier than ever to support local conservation here in south-central Wisconsin.

Changes in our membership structure make it easier than ever to support local conservation here in south-central Wisconsin.

Madison Audubon and National Audubon, in addition to sharing a mission to conserve and protect natural ecosystems, have long shared membership through what is known as a One Audubon membership. It’s a simple idea—anyone who joins one organization automatically becomes a member of the other.

Think globally (or at least hemispherically); act locally.
Your One Audubon membership is a terrific deal. For a contribution of $20 or more to National Audubon, you receive five issues of the acclaimed Audubon magazine, and you're part of a major conservation network with hemispheric reach, protecting birds and their habitats throughout their ranges, from Argentina to Canada.

As one of more than 3100 members of Madison Audubon, you can also get your hands dirty (literally or figuratively) fighting the good fight close to home in our eight-county service area—protecting land, supporting nature-based educational programming and field trips for all ages, and advocating for sound environmental policies.

So what’s changing?
In order to minimize the number of renewal notices you receive and to simplify processing, Madison Audubon now encourages all One Audubon members to renew their memberships through National at or by calling 844-428-3826. National will let you know when it’s time to renew. If you would like a Madison Audubon membership only, please renew using the gift form in your newsletter, or right here online.

For local-only members (those who opt not to receive National Audubon mailings) we are also replacing the multiple categories of membership formerly available through Madison Audubon with a single membership. Give just $20 or more to Madison Audubon, and you will enjoy a local-only membership for you or your household.

What do my membership fees and contributions support?
When your renew your One Audubon membership through National Audubon, Madison Audubon receives a small portion of the basic membership fee, although this amounts to less than 3% of our local operating budget. Any additional contribution you make when renewing through National supports National Audubon programming.

Madison Audubon relies on contributions from members made directly to our office for the large majority of our funding, so in addition to renewing your Audubon memberships, please consider contributing directly to our organization either via mail or online.

We appreciate all you do and hope these new changes will make it easier to be a part of such a great community of conservationists. Thanks, as always, for being a part of the flock!  

- The Madison Audubon Board of Directors 

Register now for Birds, Bikes, & Brews!

What could be better than spending an afternoon birding, biking, and drinking beer?

Come celebrate three of Wisconsinite's favorite past times with us!

Advanced registration is now open for our third-annual Birds, Bikes, & Brews event - a casual afternoon of biking, birding, and enjoying locally-brewed craft beer with our friends at Next Door Brewing Co.

Your $15 registration includes a Birds, Bikes, & Brews pint glass, coupons and deals from local businesses, plus a free pint of our specially-brewed bird themed ale made by the beer geniuses at Next Door Brewing when you return from your ride. Plus, Madison Audubon receives $1 from each pint of specialty beer sold that day!

Here are the details:

- Join us at any time between 2-6 p.m. at Next Door Brewing Company
- We'll give you a map and a checklist, and you'll head out on the Lake Monona Lake Loop to look for as many birds as you can find while on two wheels!*
- We'll have several birding stations set up along the way, with helpful volunteers. You can stop, take a peek through a spotting scope, and learn something new!
- When you're done birding and biking, the Lake Loop brings you right back to Next Door Brewing, where we'll have a cold one (or two!) waiting for you! Cheers!

*No pressure, no rush! Enjoy the ride, and know that birders of ALL skill levels are welcome. Even if you don't consider yourself a birder, we guarantee you'll have fun (and there's good beer involved)

Here's a little secret we'll let you in on: when you register before August 31 and use code EARLYBIRD16, you can get 15% off of your $15 registration! 

This event is made possible with support from Next Door Brewing Co., Cricket Design Works, and Screen Door Studio.