Migratory Bird Act Up In the Air

Posted in: Madison Park


The future of migratory birds is uncertain.

Over a century ago, activists and lawmakers saved migratory bird species like the snowy egret from extinction and decline by passing the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

This landmark legislation has helped underpin the nation’s bird conservation efforts—including the minimization of industrial hazards that protect migratory bird species from avoidable harm. But now, the Trump Administration is applying the law in a way that removes a century’s worth of protections and puts countless birds at risk.

Congress should step in by passing new legislation that would restore these important protections. Please ask your member of congress to re-establish protections for migratory birds by supporting the Migratory Bird Protection Act.

Driven to near-extinction a century ago, snowy egrets have since recovered largely because of the protections offered under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This graceful waterbird relies on wetland ecosystems to fish and forage in the shallow waters of estuaries or marshes.

The Trump Administration’s reinterpretation of the law now means there is no longer any legal protection against incidental or accidental bird deaths from industrial activities. Migratory birds like the snowy egret are facing increased habitat loss and exposure to toxic chemicals, and yet unintended bird deaths, which can be significant, now go unaddressed.

Under this interpretation, if an oil spill like Deepwater Horizon occurred today, the company responsible would have no financial responsibility for their impact on migratory bird species. We need your help to keep companies responsible for the avoidable deaths of our birds.

The Migratory Bird Protection Act can bring an end to this misinterpretation of the law, and advance conservation for the future of migratory birds.

The Migratory Bird Protection Act would reaffirm strong protections for birds, by:

  • Incentivizing conservation efforts for migratory birds
  • Creating a permit program to provide clear guidance for industry on best management practices to avoid harm to birds
  • Offsetting unavoidable bird losses with increased funding for bird conservation

Now is the time to shape the next 100 years of migratory bird conservation. Please take action to reaffirm a safe and dependable future for migratory birds.

Thank you for all you do for wildlife.



Mike Leahy
Advisor, Wildlife Policy
National Wildlife Federation Action Fund

Thank you


Thank you for taking action to protect snowy egrets and other cherished migratory birds.

Now, we need your help to spread the word. Please forward this email to your friends and family and ask them to click the link below:

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The National Wildlife Federation Action Fund Team


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