2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. Over the last century, the law has saved millions, if not billions, of birds from depredatory human activities. While the MBTA has made a huge difference for birds, they still need our help. In 2017, over 1,300 bird species were under threat, and 197 species were critically endangered on the brink of extinction.
Year of the Bird is about helping to reverse these trends through 12 months of storytelling, science, and conservation. Organizations and individuals can all belp, whether by studying birds, conserving habitat, sharing the beauty of birds on Facebook, or raising awarness via Twitter.
See the Press Release and learn more from the links below.
Year of the Bird is a collaborative project by the National Audubon Society, National Geographic, BirdLife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. All of these organizations will be stepping up their efforts to protect birds and the places they need. As a participating organization, Pacific Birds will help spread Year of the Bird messages and share the resources. We will also help the cause by finding additional ways within our region to tap into this timely and much needed effort.
Sandhill Crane – Brendan Lally © Creative Commons