Year of the Bird

This year marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which has rightfully been called one of the most powerful conservation laws ever.

Audubon, BirdLife International, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, & National Geographic* have all teamed up to celebrate this 100th anniversary with the Year of the Bird. The MBTA 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.” Here’s the complete text of the law as amended. [Many species of ducks, unfortunately, are allowed to be shot by hunters, who also continue to pollute the world with lead shot.]*National Geographic Partners, which publishes the magazine and the produces the awful NatGeo TV network, are majority-owned by Murdoch’s Fox empire, which means they also support those oligarchs and their politicians, from the Liar-President down the slime-shoot, who oppose conservation measures like the MBTA. As part of its rollback of everything Obama, the Trump administration has already weakened the Act.

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