The National Audubon Society is one of the oldest of such organizations in the world and uses science, education and grassroots advocacy to advance its conservation mission. It is named in honor of John James Audubon, a Franco-American ornithologist and naturalist who painted, cataloged, and described the birds of North America in his famous book "Birds of America" published in sections between 1827 and 1838.
The society has approximately 41 centers nationwide, and nearly 500 local chapters, each of which is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization voluntarily affiliated with the National Audubon Society, which often organize birdwatching field trips and conservation-related activities. It also coordinates the Christmas Bird Count held each December in the U.S., a model of citizen science, and is in partnership with Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Audubon Centers help to forge lifelong connections between people and nature, developing stewards for conservation among young and diverse communities.