Bedford Audubon Society

Bedford Audubon Society

A Northern Westchester & Eastern Putnam Counties, New York
Chapter of the National Audubon Society

Celebrating 100 Years of Conservation 1913 — 2013
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Bedford Audubon: Conservation and Advocacy

In part, Bedford Audubon's Mission Statement says, "We envision ourselves as an organization that is...a credible voice promoting environmentally sound decisions on local conservation issues." Following are some of the issues that our chapter is concerned about.

Energy Audit at Bedford Audubon's Headquarters

In the summer of 2009, Bylane Farm, Bedford Audubon's 220 year-old headquarters underwent a home energy audit, which was filmed for a local cable television station. This audit was the first step in assessing how much energy the Bylane used and evaluating the measures that could be taken to make it more energy efficient, thus saving money and reducing greenhouse emissions.

As a result of this audit, with the help of Green Tree Energy and a 15% rebate from NYSERDA (homeowners can get an even larger rebate), we sealed cracks, weather stripped windows and doors, and insulated the attic and walls of our drafty 18-century headquarters by blowing in cellulose through the exterior siding. The cost savings are remarkable: we’ll pay back this investment in less than three years. More importantly, by reducing our heating oil use by 2,000 gallons we prevent 20 tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere each year, reducing Bedford Audubon’s carbon footprint by nearly 30$#37;!

The process was so easy that we had Lewisboro Cable TV tape the project so homeowners can see for themselves how effortless it is to make their homes energy efficient. We encourage you to visit NYSERDA’s website at and score a double hit: reduce your heating cost and your impact on the planet.

The video can be seen in two parts on YouTube
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Cell Towers and Wildlife

Cell towers often pose a serious hazard to migrating birds. These journeys are already long and arduous. The increasing numbers of communications towers is an added, deadly obstacle course. Click here to see Bedford Audubon's Cell Towers and Wildlife Fact Sheet. (This is a large file and may take a while to download.)

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Other Environmental Issues

Date Subject Document
May 2010 BAS Bobolink Recovery Project The Bobolink has suffered a 50% decline in population across the U.S. due to a combination of increased development of former farmlands and haying that is taking place earlier in the season. BAS launched the Bobolink Recovery Project, an educational program attempting to save the remaining populations of Bobolink and other once common grassland birds.
February 2, 2010 Town of Bedford's Climate Action Plan The Bedford Audubon Society (BAS) supports the Town of Bedford's Climate Action Plan and its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Town by 20% by 2020.
November 5, 2009 BAS Position on Deficit Reduction Testimony of James F. Nordgren Before New York State Senate Finance Committee Hearing on Governor Paterson’s Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan
October 2009 BAS Position on Wind Power The Bedford Audubon Society strongly supports properly-sited wind power as a clean alternative energy source that reduces the threat of global warming. Proper siting is critical because wind turbines have the potential to be as lethal to birds as communication towers—which now kill an estimated 5 million to 50 million birds a year.
April 5, 2005 Wetlands Bill Moves out of Committee State Senator Carl L. Marcellino (R, Syosset), Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, today announced that the freshwater wetlands bill was moved out of the Environmental Conservation committee. Senate bill 2081 will strengthen New York State's ability to protect this natural resource.
March 2005 Wetlands Update The New York State Legislation has passed an on-time budget for the first time in recent memory; however, they did not include wetlands legislation in the budget.
March 2005 Wetlands Protection The Bedford Audubon Society strongly supports Governor Pataki's proposal in the 2005/2006 budget to protect our state's freshwater wetlands by closing the SWANCC loophole that has been created by court cases on the federal level.
November 17, 2004 Wetlands Protection Letter to Senator Leibell: The Watersheds/Flood Prevention Act S.4480-A would enhance New York State’s wetland protection program and fill gaps in wetlands protection resulting from the federal SWANCC vs. US Army Corps of Engineers court case allowing filling of isolated wetlands under the federal Clean Water Act.
July 23, 2004 Clean Water Protection/Flood Prevention Act Request for BAS members to write letters in support of this legislation.
July 14, 2004 Eagle River Development

Letter to Somers Planning Board opposing Eagle River Area development

May 20, 2004 Clean Water Protection/Flood Prevention Act BAS Board of Directors passes a resolution in support of the Clean Water Protection/Flood Prevention Act which would close a loophole that was created by the 2001 SWANCC court decision that removes isolated freshwater wetlands of between 1 acre and 12.4 acres.
March 25, 2004 Seven Springs Development Yesterday's announcement from the Trump Organization announcing the abandonment of their luxury golf course plan and switching gears to a 17 lot, residential subdivision, was a step in the right direction from an environmental perspective.
October 8, 2003 Water Filtration Plant BAS Testimony on Scope of Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Croton Water Treatment Plant.
May 29, 2003 Water Filtration Plant CWCWC/Sierra Club Press Release in Yonkers Tribune opposing "science" behind need for water filtration plant.
April 17, 2003 Water Filtration Plant Letter sent to The New York Times in response to their editorial supporting construction of the filtration plant.
April 16, 2003 Clean Water Act Sent to the EPA which was seeking comment on their proposed rule making regulations on the Clean Water Act, particularly on wetlands.
March 13, 2002 NYC Water Filtration

Comments to NYC DEP on siting of a filtration plant for the Croton Watershed. "…they’d be speaking to you and urging you protect our remaining watershed buffer lands, wetlands and wild open spaces to protect New York City’s drinking water.

December 17, 2001 Development of Seven Springs Property

Testimony to NYS DEC. "If all our members could be here this evening, they would be present to argue against this misguided proposal to develop the scenic and historic Seven Springs property."

 July 30, 2001 NYC Water Filtration Letter to US EPA "..the only way to truly protect New York City’s drinking water and its watershed is through protection of drinking water at its source in both the Catskill Delaware System and the Croton System."
August 3, 2000 Westchester County Airport and Wetlands Letter urging the County and the FAA to consider wetlands and protective forested areas when revising airport layout.
March 16, 1998 The Farm,
Somers, N.Y.
Letter commenting on Environmental Impact Statement. "...After careful consideration of the subject FEIS, Bedford Audubon Society finds a number of fundamental problems with, and flaws in, the proposed plan."

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