Despite an extinction press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, some good conservation news has emerged from Washington D.C.
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
(USFWS)BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration recently finalized changes that weaken the government’s enforcement powers under a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species, brushing aside warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. Federal wildlife officials have acknowledged the move could result in more deaths of birds such as those that land in oil pits or…
More than 1,000 species are covered under the law, and the changes have drawn a sharp backlash from organizations that advocate on behalf of an estimated 46 million U.S. birdwatchers.
The proposal would end the government’s decades-long practice of treating accidental bird deaths caused by industry as potential criminal violations under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. More than 1,000 species are covered under the law.
(National Audubon Society)WASHINGTON — Attorneys General from eight states – led by New York’s Barbara Underwood, along with AGs from California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico and Oregon – filed litigation Wednesday challenging the Trump Administration’s move to eliminate longstanding protections for waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The suit was filed in the Southern District…
A great conservation success story, the MBTA – like too many environmental protections – faces political challenges and legislation hurdles if it’s to survive another century.
Here in Minnesota, Saturday, May 12 is big. It’s the iconic state fishing opener. But while the approximately 500,000 anglers that are expected to participate in the opener are on the water, there’s a good chance they’ll see more than fish; migratory birds are a staple of Minnesota lake country, too. Worldwide, they’re also a staple of the second weekend…
Former Department of Interior officials object to recent Trump administration ruling on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Interior’s Office of the Solicitor declared last month that the MBTA does not prohibit incidental take of birds. These natural resources professionals and career public servants disagree.
Man admitted his guides baited ponds for waterfowl, helped hunters exceed their daily bag limits and didn’t follow federal and state laws on tagging, processing or transporting birds.
Birds are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Massachusetts also lists them as a species of “special concern.’
Pennsylvania’s “liberal hunting season” on resident Canada geese — about 12 weeks spread from September to February — is a viable way to limit the problem.