Conservation of Birds


usfwsThe Migratory Bird Treaty Act | Birders and US Federal Laws

This law makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid permit issued pursuant to Federal regulations. The MBTA is a law that protects birds from people. When Congress passed the MBTA in 1918, it codified a treaty already signed with Canada (then part of Great Britain) in response to the extinction or near-extinction of a number of bird species that were hunted either for sport or for their feathers. According to the USFWS, “The MBTA provides that it is unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, possess, sell, purchase, barter, import, export, or transport any migratory bird, or any part, nest, or egg or any such bird, unless authorized under a permit issued by the Secretary of the Interior. Some regulatory exceptions apply. Take is defined in regulations as: ‘pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or attempt to pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect.’ ”

Since its passage, the MBTA has expanded its geographic area (via treaties with Mexico, Japan, and Russia) and the scope of its coverage (adding eagles, corvids, and other birds). In 1962 it was updated to address how Native American tribes can collect feathers from protected birds for religious ceremonies (a practice otherwise banned by the MBTA)birdlife




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nabciWith so many bird species threatened or endangered the world over (12% of all species) and with a 30% decline in the total number of birds in the U.S. over the past 30 years, birds are in trouble. Although there have been some success stories in bringing birds like the Peregrine Falcon, Brown Pelican, and Bald Eagle back from the brink of disaster, the vast majority face growing problems, especially habitat destruction and global warming. Serious conservation measures are happening, but there needs to be more done.

 General Bird Conservation Groups

American Bird Conservancy
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System
Audubon’s Important Bird Areas Program
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Birdlife International

British Trust for Ornithology

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Defenders of Wildlife
USFWS Division of Bird Habitat Conservation
Earthwatch Institute
Environmental Protection Agency
Migratory Bird Conservation Commission
National Audubon Society
The Nature Conservancy
National Estuary Program
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Natl Parks and Conservation Association
National Partners in Watchable Wildlife

North American Bird Conservation Initiative
Operation Migration
Partners in Flight
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Windstar Wildlife Institute  

Species-Specific Conservation Groups
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Friends of the Lesser White-fronted Goose
Federal Duck Stamp Program
Golden-winged Warbler Working Group
International Crane Foundation
North American Bluebird Society
Platte River Whooping Crane Trust
Purple Martin Conservation Association
Seabird Restoration Group
World Owl Trust
World Parrot Trust

Birds of Prey Organizations

American Eagle Foundation
Barn Owl Centre
The Birds of Prey Foundation
California Condor Reintroduction Program
Canadian Peregrine Foundation
Global Raptor Information Network
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Hawkwatch International
International Osprey Foundation

The Peregrine Fund
Raptor Research Foundation         

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