How to be an Effective Advocate
Through its advocacy efforts, the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) supports green buildings, air quality, waste management, tree and habitat conservation, water quality and natural landscaping. ASNV also serves on local board committees and commissions to help protect our environment.
Want to stop unreasonable development? Learn how to influence land use decision-making.
Sign up for National Audubon’s Action Alerts to keep current on what Congress is doing. Visit https://action.audubon.org/signup/join-our-action-network
Monitor Your Representatives
Check with your legislators and find out when they are having town meetings. Most of them have at least one a year and it is a great opportunity to carry the conservation message to them and hold them accountable.
To find your state legislators, visit http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/
You can also find committee assignments of members of the Senate and House of Delegates at http://www.vpap.org/general-assembly/standing-committees/.
For bills, visit http://lis.virginia.gov/ and http://www.vpap.org/updates/2116-your-guide-general-assembly/. You can also check the website of the Virginia Conservation Network, www.vcnva.org.
Federal Elected Officials
President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D. C. 20500
Tel. 202 456-1111
Virginia’s U.S. Senators
Mark R. Warner, www.senate.gov, 475 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D. C. 20510, Tel. 202-224-2023; local office: 8000 Towers Crescent Drive, Suite 200, Vienna, VA 22182; tel. 703-442-0670
Tim Kaine, www.senate.gov, 231 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; local office, 9408 Grant Avenue, Suite 2092, Manassas, VA 20110; tel. 703-361-3192
Virginia’s Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
You can find your member of the U.S. House of Representatives at: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (8th district), 431 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D. C. 20515; tel. 202-225-4376; local office, 5285 Shawnee Road, Suite 250, Alexandria, VA 22312; tel. 703-658-5403
Barbara J. Comstock, (10th district), 226 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D. C. 20515; tel. 202-225-5136; local office, 21430 Cedar Drive, Suite 218, Sterling 20164; tel. 703-404-6903
Gerald E. Connolly (11th district), 2238 Rayburn House Office, Washington, D.C. 20515; tel. 202-225-1492; local office, 4115 Annandale Road, Annandale 22003; tel. 703-256-3071
Robert Wittman (1st district), Tel. 202-225-4261; 2454 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D. C. 20515; tel. 202-225-4261; local office, 508 Church Lane, Tappahannock, VA 22560; tel. 804-443-0668
Use Your Refund To Help Nature
If you are getting a Virginia tax refund this year, you can donate all or part of it to the Virginia Non-game Wildlife Program by indicating a voluntary contribution on your state income tax form. This program supports research and management of Virginia’s native birds, fish, and other non-game animals. (Of course, you could also take your refund as usual and donate it to ASNV.)
Get Involved: Interested in working on conservation advocacy? Contact ASNV Advocacy Chair Glenda Booth.