The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is one of our best defenses against the
myriad of threats birds face. It's helped numerous species rebound from
the brink of extinction and also protects our favorite backyard birds.
Did you know that your favorite birds are likely protected by the
Migratory Bird Treaty Act?
Don't let Congress gut it. Our Representative, Liz Cheney, is a sponsor of
this bird killing bill. Speak up now to protect birds.
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Passed in 1918, the MBTA protects birds by making it unlawful to kill, bunt, sell, or possess most native species of birds in the U.S., along with their nests, eggs, and feathers, without a permit. This conservation law turned the tide and is credited with saving millions, if not billions of birds, and numerous species from extinction, such as the Wood Duck and Snowy Egret. Today, there are new threats to birds and the places they need, making this law extremely important.
WHAT HAS AUDUBON SO FIGHTING MAD
In December, the Trump administration released a legal opinion that the incidental take of birds is NOT prohibited under the law and will not be enforced. In the Congressional House of Representative, as part of H.R. 4239 (the SECURE American Energy Act), WY Rep. Liz Cheney added language that would amend the law to no longer cover incidental take. These changes would gut the MBTA by giving a free pass for bird deaths from industrial activities, such as oil waste pits and oil spills, and would end decades of practice by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by removing the authority to address incidental take. Other legislation would chip away at the MBTA, including a bill that would end its protections for certain species (S. 935).
Our birds matter and this is just plain wrong!
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
- Get Informed: Check out this Fact Sheet
- Take Action! Join others in voicing our opposition to Congress...this really helps us build credibility and clout in Washington DC - opening doors to our staffers to talk to Members of Congress!
- Write a letter to the editor of a local paper - this helps raise awareness and gets attention of politicians! Please reach out, I'm happy to help!
- Share this information with your family and friends over social media. We need help getting the story out there.