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212, 2021

31st Annual Crane Days at Hiwassee Refuge

The 31st Annual Crane Days at Hiwassee Refuge will resume an 'in-person' Festival on January 15 & 16, 2022. All information can be found at the following link: https://www.tn.gov/twra/wildlife/birds/sandhill-crane-festival.html

1211, 2021

ACTION ALERT – STRENGTHEN OUR MOST IMPORTANT BIRD LAW

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced it is not only reinstating bird protections under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) but is also considering strengthening the rules going forward. A new permitting program would expand common-sense and inexpensive practices – such as covering oil pits or marking power lines to avoid collisions – saving millions of birds from preventable harm. Please consider sending a public comment to support strengthening protections for birds under the MBTA. The deadline to comment is Friday, December 3rd. If you use the Audubon portal below, your comments will be submitted through regulations.gov, where [...]

711, 2021

UPDATED ACTION ALERT…PITTMAN-ROBERTSON WILDLIFE ACT!

ACTION ALERT NOVEMBER 7, 2021 “A bill to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to make supplemental funds available for management of fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need as determined by State fish and wildlife agencies, and for other purposes” has been introduced in both the U. S. House of Representatives (HR – 2773) and the U. S. Senate (S.2372). The bill is known by its short title “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2021.” The Senate version currently has 32 co-sponsors (16 Republicans, 15 Democrats and 1 Independent), while the House version currently has 132 co-sponsors (101 Democrats [...]

3110, 2021

Action Alert December 2021

“A bill to amend the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act to make supplemental funds available for management of fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need as determined by State fish and wildlife agencies, and for other purposes” has been introduced in both the U. S. House of Representatives (HR – 2773) and the U. S. Senate (S.2372). The bill is known by its short title “Recovering America’s Wildlife Act of 2021.” The Senate version currently has 30 co-sponsors (15 Republicans, 14 Democrats and 1 Independent), while the House version currently has 132 co-sponsors (101 Democrats and 31 Republicans). Co-sponsor lists [...]

907, 2021

Some good news…

The Growing Climate Solutions Act (GCSA) was passed by the Senate on 6/24/2021. The bill creates a new program to self-certify technical assistance providers and third-party verifiers for the agriculture and forestry sectors for voluntary actions that are intended to reduce the amount of air and carbon pollution and for processes to naturally store carbon. The legislation seeks to address barriers to entry for landowners trying to access voluntary carbon markets, and encourages practices guided by science, while also refining protocols that account for additionality, permanence, and potential leakage.  To read more click on the link below… https://www.audubon.org/news/bipartisan-bill-addressing-pollution-working-lands-and-economic-support

1806, 2021

ACTION ALERT….

ACTION ALERT... Neonicotinoid pesticides, or “neonics,” pose serious threats to birds and insect pollinators. Studies have shown worrisome impacts, from reducing birds' ability to migrate to diminishing overall bird diversity in areas where neonics are used. PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE AND click on the link to make your voice heard...Speak Up Against Bird-Killing Pesticides (abcbirds.org) 

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