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Organizations Working on Ecosystems

Organizations that work on adaptation in the biodiversity and ecosystems sectors are listed below.

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National Audubon Society

Audubon's Mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Nearly 500 local Chapters nationwide engage members in grassroots conservation action; while their environmental policy, education and science experts guide lawmakers, agencies, and grassroots in shaping conservation plans, actions and the policies to support them. More than 2,500 Audubon-designated Important Bird Areas (IBAs) identify, prioritize and protect vital bird habitat from coast to coast.




National Climate Adaptation Science Center

The USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (formerly the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center) is the managing entity for eight regional Department of the Interior Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) across the continental U. S. , Alaska, Hawai'i, and U. S. Affiliated Pacific Islands.  CASCs are researching climate change impacts on fish, wildlife, habitats, and other resources - to provide information and decision-making tools to support climate resilient ecosystems and communities.




National Estuarine Research Reserve System

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a federal-state partnership. The federal government provides funding and administers the system, but the sites are managed on a day to day basis by state agencies, universities and other local partners. The Reserve System has identified climate change and its impacts as strategic priorities, and is developing an initiative with key actions to address climate change adaptation, mitigation, and to promote resilience of estuary ecosystems.




National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that preserves and restores the nation’s native wildlife species and habitats. Created by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation funding to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private funds.




National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce focused on the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere. NOAA predicts dangerous weather, charts seas and skies, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to improve stewardship of the environment.




National Park Conservation Association (NPCA)

In more than 90 years, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) has grown to represent more than 500,000 members and supporters through the DC headquarters and 23 regional and field offices, all working to protect and enhance America's National Park System for present and future generations.   NPCA is working on key initiatives to restore America's national parks by the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 - including climate change.   The NPCA has produced significant research on the impacts of climate change on our national parks and wildlife, and the reports can be accessed on their website.




National Park Service (NPS)

The National Park Service (NPS) is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior and is led by a Director nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Since 1916 the National Park Service has managed our national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, they safeguard nearly 400 parks which have more than 275 million visitors every year.




National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant)

The National Sea Grant College Program is a nationwide network (administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), of 32 university-based programs that work with coastal communities. Sea Grant engages this network of the nation's top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of aquatic resources.




National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is America's largest conservation organization, working with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to protect and restore wildlife habitat, confront global warming and connect with nature. NWF works to improve federal and state policies that will support wildlife conservation on hundreds of millions of acres of public, tribal and private lands, including thousands of miles of streams, rivers, lakes and coastlines across America.




Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Originally established by Congress in 1935 as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), NRCS has expanded to become a conservation leader for all natural resources, ensuring private lands are conserved, restored, and more resilient to environmental challenges, like climate change. NRCS works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the resources that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems. NRCS experts from many disciplines come together to help landowners conserve natural resources in efficient, smart and sustainable ways.