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Mission & Vision

Our Mission & Vision


To protect New Hampshire’s natural environment for wildlife and for people.


We envision a world where people lead happier and healthier lives by connecting with nature and finding inspiration to conserve and enjoy the environment they love.

Through our lands and programs, NH Audubon’s members, staff and volunteers promote a deeper understanding of the natural world, and provide enduring opportunities to experience wildlife and their habitats.

Core Values

  • We strive to protect the natural world and inspire others to do the same.
  • Our credibility, integrity, and reputation are built on deliberative science-based decision-making.
  • We embrace a spirit of respectful partnership, volunteerism, and teamwork to advance mutual goals.
  • We commit to creating and maintaining more diverse, equitable, inclusive, just, and accessible workplaces, wildlife sanctuaries, and organizational culture.

Founded in 1914 with an original focus on protecting and restoring migratory bird populations decimated by hunting and collection in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, today’s NH Audubon provides:

  • Environmental education programs throughout the state
  • Statewide conservation research and wildlife monitoring
  • Protection of nearly 10,000 acres of wildlife habitat in 40 sanctuaries
  • Environmental public policy and science-based advocacy

A nonprofit, statewide membership organization independent of the National Audubon Society, NH Audubon operates three centers (in Auburn, Concord, and Hebron), and manages 40 wildlife sanctuaries. Our staff includes conservation biologists, educators, land managers, and other talented individuals with accounting, development, personnel, communications, building maintenance, management, and marketing skills.

For maximum effectiveness, NH Audubon staff work collaboratively with other nonprofits, state and federal agencies, municipalities, industry, universities, and landowners. We respect collaborators’ perspectives while advocating for the best possible environmental outcomes.

NH Audubon’s long history tells a story of member involvement in our programs that continues to this day. Many of our conservation and education programs rely on citizen-scientists and naturalists. These volunteers provide data on bird populations and to help staff study the state’s biodiversity, measure the effects of human activity on wildlife, and teach children, families, and adults about the natural environment. Volunteers also help with mailings, data entry, events, and special projects.

New Hampshire Audubon is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.

Photo, top: Thompson Wildlife Sanctuary boardwalk, by Phil Brown.