National Audubon History
Protecting waterbird populations has been part of Audubon’s mission even before the official establishment of the National Audubon Society. Outrage over the slaughter of millions of waterbirds, particularly egrets and other waders, for the millinery trade led to the foundation, by Harriet Hemenway and Mina Hall, of the Massachusetts Audubon Society in 1896. In 1905, the National Audubon Society was founded, with the protection of gulls, terns, egrets, herons, and other waterbirds high on its conservation priority list.
Dunes-Calumet Audubon History
The Dunes- Calumet Audubon Society exists as a stand alone 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1972. It is considered a chapter of the National Audubon through a cooperative agreement. The chapter's mission is to promote birding through education, conservation, and scientific research for the betterment of Northwest Indiana natural habitats. The DCAS is operated by a board of directors, serving three year terms and led by officers serving two year terms.