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Audubon Nature Institute Awarded Federal Funding Through Senator Bill Cassidy and Congressman Troy Carter to Fund Community Projects

Today, Audubon Nature Institute celebrates the inclusion of two community funding projects in the Omnibus Appropriations Act that will enhance the security at Audubon Nature Institute through new emergency communications devices and refresh Woldenberg Riverfront Park.

Senator Bill Cassidy secured $435,000 to increase the security for Audubon's employees and millions of annual visitors by replacing their analog radio system with approximately 400 digital radios across all facilities and parks. The new digital system will bring Audubon into compliance with upcoming FCC plans to discontinue analog frequency licensing. Audubon will have two dedicated channels for each facility, and facilities will be able to communicate with each other, which is critical during an emergency.

Additionally, Congressman Troy Carter secured $3,000,000 for improvements to Woldenberg Riverfront Park. Created in 1989, the Park is a 16-acre sprawling green space stretching between the Mississippi River and the historic French Quarter adjacent to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. The public Park is a treasured outdoor recreation venue, hosting world-class festivals, afternoon bike rides, and family picnics for millions of southeast Louisiana residents and visitors each year, Upgrades to the Park will provide safety, economic, and mobility benefits to all who use it for.

“Audubon Nature Institute is tremendously grateful to Senator Cassidy, Congressman Carter and the entire Louisiana delegation for their work on securing this important funding,” said Ron Forman, President and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute. “These resources will help make our facilities safer places and support the overall revitalization of Audubon's riverfront facilities, enhancing our ability to educate millions of guests each year about their relationship with wildlife and how their individual actions can do a world of good for nature."

Audubon Nature Institute was one of several recipients of federal funding for community projects, including the City of New Orleans, City of Baton Rouge, Tulane University, and Xavier University. in Louisiana These community projects were selected after conducting comprehensive outreach to local groups and stakeholders. This funding is coupled with stringent eligibility, ethics, and transparency requirements.

Audubon Nature Institute

Audubon Nature Institute is a family of facilities, events, experiences, sustainability initiatives and conservation programs united in the belief that each of us has the power to impact nature and wildlife for the better. This includes Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium, Audubon Louisiana Nature Center, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Woldenberg Riverfront Park and Audubon Wilderness Park. We inspire visitors, members and our community to support nature and wildlife — and leave the world better than we found it.