The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, with a special focus on birds, other wildlife and their habitats. Its extensive network of members, chapters, centers, state offices and professional staff effect a combination of conservation efforts across the Americas.
The National Audubon Society has been instrumental in protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other fragile habitats, in recovering the endangered California Condor and Brown Pelican, in the ongoing restoration of Long Island Sound, Everglades and Louisiana coast and in the conservation of the Sagebrush ecosystem of the American West.
With 22 state programs, 41 centers and over 500 local chapters, The National Audubon Society puts a strong emphasis on educating the public about conservation issues through a combination of programs and materials, including the acclaimed Audubon Magazine. Audubon centers and sanctuaries are hubs of research and action on conservation issues, while local chapters engage members in grassroots action. Audubon's team of environmental experts work to educate and inform legislators on conservation issues.
In September 2010, David Yarnold, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, became the Society's 10th president, subsequently leading a turnaround resulting in a more collaborative and coordinated organization. The Society is a non-profit organization accepting tax-deductible donations, with an annual budget of about 90 million dollars.