The Orleans Audubon Society is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of wildlife and wild places of the southeastern U.S. and to fostering an understanding and appreciation of nature.
The Orleans Audubon Society is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1949 and incorporated in the State of Louisiana on November 17, 1970.
We are a Chapter of the National Audubon Society, servicing the following parishes: Washington, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Orleans, Terrebonne, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and La Fourche Parishes.
Proposed Federal Legislation to Halt the Use of Pesticides that Harm Birds and Other Wildlife
Neonicotinoids (pronounced "knee-oh-NICK-uh-teen-oids") are now the most widespread class of pesticides: they make up 17% of the insecticide market and are registered in 120 countries. In 2010 alone Americans used over 570,000 lbs of neonicotinoid pesticides while annual global use likely exceeds 2.2 million lbs. These pesticides have grown in popularity since their introduction in the 1990s because they are effective, offer plants relatively long-lasting protection, can be applied in a wide variety methods, and have lower short-term toxicity in vertebrates than organophosphorous insecticides. However, neonicotinoids persist in the environment for longer periods and are highly water soluble, traits that allow them to spread throughout the environment to reach organisms far from the point of application.
Help protect Louisiana's birds and bees from neonicitinoid pesticides by writing a letter now.