Bill Would Safeguard, Strengthen Protections for America’s Migratory Birds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The introduction of the Migratory Bird Protection Act by Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) with 47 other bipartisan cosponsors would safeguard and strengthen longstanding protections for North America’s migratory birds.

“Since 1970, we have lost 3 billion birds in North America a devastating crisis for biodiversity, wildlife, and all those who enjoy birdwatching. The Migratory Bird Protection Act ensures durable protections for iconic migratory bird species like the little blue heron and wood thrush,” said Jim Murphy, director of legal advocacy for the National Wildlife Federation. “We applaud Congressman Lowenthal’s leadership on this issue and look forward to working with policymakers to save migratory birds.”

The bill includes provisions to reaffirm the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s original aim to protect migratory birds from all types of harm. It also will ensure clarity to companies in managing incidental take, so long as they follow best management practices to avoid bird deaths. This approach gives industry reasonable expectations for protecting birds while upholding international commitments and staying true to America’s conservation legacy. 

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