|Thanks to the letters, phone calls, and testimony of Audubon advocates in Maryland during the spring legislative session in Annapolis, several bird-saving laws came into effect this fall. Highlights include the following:|
Banning Balloon Releases
Advocacy work has led to the banning of intentional balloon releases in the state, potentially saving thousands of seabirds, sea turtles, whales, and dolphins in the coming decades. Litter from mass balloon releases often end up in our waterways and can be choking hazards to birds, turtles, and other wildlife. This legislation mirrors similar bans in nearby states like Delaware and Virginia.
Bird-Friendly Gardens and Habitat
Outreach to legislators by our supporters has led to the passage of a bill prohibiting Home Owners Associations from restricting bird-friendly gardens and habitat through prohibitions on lawn-limited plantings. This law allows homeowners to consider low-impact landscaping such as pollinator gardens and native plantings, which can curb water use, reduce pollutants, lower yard maintenance costs, and increase wildlife-friendly habitats.