1. https://www.oceanunite.org/30-x-30/     OCEAN UNITE

It’s not about Polar Bears!!…it’s about the oxygen we need to breath. Discover the importance of preserving 30% of the Oceans by 2030. The very oxygen we breath depends upon it! Phytoplankton… mainly single cell plants…produce about 50% of the oxygen we need. Some science has shown they may produce 85% of our oxygen at times! Billionaire Richard Branson knows this, so Ocean Unite, a branch of his airline’s charitable arm, Virgin Unite, is rallying around the oceans. Polar Bears are important, especially as one of the key “poster children” of what’s happening to our oceans and earth.                           

2. https://illinoisaudubon.org/    ILLINOIS AUDUBON SOCIETY (IAS)

The Illinois Audubon Society, established in 1897, is Illinois’ oldest non-profit, independent conservation organization. Most folks don’t know they are NOT just all-about-the-birds. A quick look at the mission statement confirms that: “To promote the perpetuation and appreciation of native flora and fauna of Illinois and the habitats that support them.”

In fact, Illinois has a unique history, having established the IL Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) July 1, 1970, which was about six months before the Federal government created the U.S. EPA.

You can find a local Audubon chapter to join, and by joining you can become a member of IAS, too. Get your Nature Rx dose for physical and mental health by going on a walk in the woods four or five times per week.

Here’s a list of all of the local affiliate chapters in IL: https://illinoisaudubon.org/local-illinois-chapters/

3. https://www.audubon.org/     NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY

Since 1905, Audubon’s vision has been a world in which people and wildlife thrive. They touch the lives of millions of people each year by informing, uniting, and inspiring diverse communities in conservation action. Again…it’s not just all-about-the-birds. However, since birds are located from the bottom of deserts to the top of mountains and in every ecosystem on the planet, their motto is hard to argue with:

“Protect the birds and we protect the earth.” 

Get your Nature Rx dose by joining a club near you and getting your physical and mental health benefits via a bird walk in the woods four or five times per week. Here’s a National list: https://www.audubon.org/about/audubon-near-you

4. http://dvoc.org/   DELAWARE VALLEY ORNITHOLOGICAL CLUB (DVOC)

I’ve been a member most of my life. Established in 1890, it’s one of the oldest nature conservation clubs in America. Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware…and anyone…please consider joining…and again…get your Nature Rx dosage out in the woods for physical and mental well-being!

5. https://www.chicagobirder.org/  CHICAGO ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY (COS)

Established in 1912, Chicagoland folks have had a big heart for birds. Mayor Richard Daley was a bit of a  bird watcher, himself. The “magic hedge” at Montrose Harbor on Lake Michigan is one of the most important migratory bird stops in the Midwest, and the COS was a major force in its establishment. Join the club and go walking in Nature.