Send a letter to Fish and Wildlife Service by March 1, 2021
Send a letter to Fish and Wildlife Service by March 1, 2021
Please ask the US Fish & Wildlife Service to restore and strengthen the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).
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Image: Arctic Tern stands on a rock with their beak open. Text reads:

Dear Audubon Activists,

Imagine traveling over 600 miles in a single day, all on your own power, or being able to dive 700 feet below the surface of the water with one breath. Imagine you decide you will go from the Arctic Circle to the Antarctic Circle in little over a month's time and then do it again … every year. These are some of the amazing facts about migratory birds. Birds that are now in even greater danger than they were just a few months ago.

During the final days of the Trump presidency, the administration directed the Fish & Wildlife Service to no longer enforce the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in cases of incidental bird deaths. The Biden administration has put the implementation of this new interpretation of the Act on hold, and the Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments on the law until March 1.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act was enacted to prevent the slaughter of birds, such as egrets and herons, for feathers to adorn decorative hats in the early 1900s. The Act is one of the oldest conservation laws in the United States and today helps keep birds safe from industrial infrastructure and practices.

The Act requires industry to ensure their work does not result in the death of migratory bird species and holds them accountable if they do. The legislation fines companies responsible and helps fund critical conservation work to protect birds, as in the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, and closer to home in the North Cape oil spill of 1996. Rhode Island received $3,000,000 to restore shorebird habitat along the South County coastline.

Birds face threats from multiple fronts: climate change, plastic pollution, oil spills, and more. According to conservation scientists at the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology, nearly three billion birds have vanished since 1970. While infrastructure companies whose activities such as wind turbines have worked with conservation groups and wildlife agencies to implement best practices to protect birds, now is not the time to roll back these vital protections.

That's why we need you to take action.

Thank you.
Lawrence Taft's Signiture
Lawrence Taft
Executive Director
Send a letter to Fish and Wildlife Service by March 1, 2021
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Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to restore penalties for incidental bird deaths, to fine industries if they harm birds and to make the Migratory Bird Protection Act a priority for agencies throughout the federal government.

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Sample Letter
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Dear US Fish and Wildlife Service,

I greatly appreciate that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is reviewing and delaying implementing the rule that eliminates protections for birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). I urge FWS to take all available actions to undo this harmful and unlawful rule, restore protections for birds, and pursue a permitting approach for incidental take.

Wild birds play a critical role in supporting natural and agricultural systems through pollination, seed dispersal and pest control. Bird watching is a major economic driver supporting local and national economies. Birds are an integral part of the web of life. The proposed rule to eliminate the prohibition on incidental takes would significantly increase threats to wild birds and allow industrial interests to act with indifference and impunity when it comes to the welfare of wild birds.

The proposed rule is contrary to the international treaties that underpin the MBTA, the intent of the MBTA, 100 years of precedent, and the basic mission of the USFWS. It will mean that more bird species will move toward extinction.  

I strongly urge the USFWS to respect and honor its core mission to protect the United States’ wildlife by restoring protections for birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and create a new pathway for permitting under the law to help conserve birds and encourage practices that protect birds from the variety of threats they face.


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