In March of 2018, bird and nature lovers will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA). This law has protected our nation’s birds through a century of human population expansion and remarkable economic growth. The MBTA currently protects over 1,000 bird species in the United States.
Unfortunately, the MBTA, our nation’s cornerstone bird conservation law, is under attack. In November of 2017, the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R. 4239, an energy act.* This act would remove liability for the incidental or accidental “take” of bird species protected under the MBTA. This means that energy companies and other industries would no longer be held responsible for bird deaths and injuries resulting from their activities.
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