Migratory Bird Conservation Act

Conservation leaders from Audubon and other groups in Washington to rally support for the reauthorization of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, reports Audubon Magazine.

The Act was established to protect neotropical migrant birds which by mid-April will start appearing in the Hudson Valley. Since its passage in 2000, the Act has spawned over 330 conservation projects across 40 U.S. states and territories as well as in Latin American and Caribbean countries. Nature reserves have been created, local community groups have restored bird habitat and started sustainable ecotourism, and Important Bird Areas have been established.

Wood Thrush a migratory birdBut over a third of the 340 species of neotropical migrants have had significant declines in their populations. And not renewing the Conservation Act will threaten many of the conservation projects that have been started.

You can help out, particularly if you’re American, by going to Audubon Action  ( and sending an email or letter to your political representative requesting that they fully fund the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act.  Thanks on behalf of the birds and birdlovers.

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