Bird protections are under attack in a major way and we have two weeks to make our voices heard. In 2017 the Administration ceased enforcement of penalties for bird deaths caused by avoidable industrial hazards. Now the Fish and Wildlife Service wants to codify that rule. The new rule would apply the Migratory Bird Treaty Act protections only when an activity “purposefully” kills birds. The comment period for the draft Environmental Impact Statement for this new rule is midnight July 20th. Submit your comments here.
This link summarizes the Alternatives in the draft EIS. Alternative B is the best alternative to return the protections we have traditionally relied on. You should make reference to this in your letter.
This link takes you to an excellent description of what the loss of these protections would mean and has talking points you can use for your letter
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At-large members may use the online form or mail a check to:
Pam Lasley, TOS Treasurer
5886 Willshire Dr
Nashville, TN 37215
Please include name, address, phone, e-mail with payment.
The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is an excellent source of information about things members can do to help birds. ABC builds on sound science, and works in partnership to achieve conservation results for birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.
Members can go here for information on:
- Threats. For instance, window collisions, feral cats, pesticides, wind turbines
- Habitat protection, be they wetlands, forests, grasslands, or coastal
- Endangered and threatened species
- Living a “bird-friendly” life
- Unifying conservation and bird-watching groups through the Bird Conservation Alliance