News & Press: Legislative

May 2019 Legislative Update

Thursday, May 16, 2019  

HR 919 - Bird-Safe Buildings Act of 2019

January 30, 2019

●      Bill was introduced on January 30th but hasn’t gone further yet

●      “A bill to amend title 40… to incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features into public buildings”

      Any public building that is built or when more than 50% of facade is substantially altered must meet bird safe requirements

      “At least 90% of exposed facade from ground level to 40 feet - shall not be composed of glass or” bird safe glass or protection such as netting or screens

      “At least 60% of exposed faced material above 4- feet shall meet the above” bird safe requirements

-      No transparent passageways

-      Glass adjacent to atria or courtyards must be bird safe

-      Outside lighting shielded

FR 5-year Status Reviews for 36 Southeastern Species

      The following bird species are undergoing a 5 year review under the Endangered Species Act

      Cape-sable seaside sparrow - Roxanna Hinzman CSSS_5-yearreview@fws.gov

      Audubon’s crested Caracara - Roxanna Hinzman  crestedcaracara_5-yearreview@fws.gov

      Everglade snail kite - Roxanna Hinzman Evergladesnailkite_5-yearreview@fws.gov

      Soliciting the most recent information about the species since the last review

      Comment period ends June 10, 2019

      Contact the person associated with the species (table in document) to give information

CQ News

March 15, 2019

Trump Administration Finalizes Sage Grouse Protection Changes

      Change in Western states that allows for more economic development in sage grouse habitat

      Obama plan was more restrictive on development, bird was not put on endangered species list to decrease restrictions associated with that delegation

      “According to the National Wildlife Federation, the new plan would lift protections on more than 8 million acres of sage grouse areas and include provisions to grant waivers and exceptions for oil and gas drilling.”

HR 1305 Albatross and Petrel Conservation Act

February 15, 2019

      This act was introduced and is effective 180 days after the date of enactment

      Title 1 - Conservation Measures

      “Re-establish covered albatrosses and petrels within the range”

      Allows for the prevention of introduction, control, management or eradication of non-native species threatening the birds

      “... conserve, protect and restore breeding sites”

      Ability to implement management plans to conserve species, including human behavior such as marine debris, accidental take, bycatch in fishing industry and animal disturbance

      Title II - Prohibited acts, permits and exemptions

      Accidental bycatch in lawful fishing is not unlawful

      Title III - Penalties and Enforcement

      Title IV - Agreement Authority

      Title V - International Cooperation and Assistance

      Title VI - Bycatch and Equivalent Conservation

      Albatross and petrel conservation act added to the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (16 USC 1826(e))

S 310 Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Committee Report

Report 116-9

March 14, 2019

      “Neotropical migratory birds are bird species that breed in North America and winter in the tropics… The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) provides grants to support conservation of migratory bird populations and fosters international cooperation for initiatives that will maintain healthy bird populations.”

      Funding plan to continue this government grant funding to support neotropical birds

 S310 Reported to Senate

A bill to amend the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act to reauthorize the Act

“Migratory Birds of the Americas Conservation Act”

February 5, 2019

      $6,500,000 budget 2019-2023 - 75% or more used for projects outside the US

      House bill says 2020-2025

50 CFR Part 20

Migratory Bird Hunting - Proposed Frameworks for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

      USFWS Establishing 2019-2020 hunting regulations for migratory game birds

      Proposed amendment to title 50 of Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 20 (83 FR 27836) - “establishment of seasons, limits and other regulations for hunting migratory game birds”

      Comments may be submitted regarding the policies by May 17 2019

      Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWSHQ-MB-2018-0030

HR 864 - Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act of 2019

January 30, 2019

      Purposes of act

      “... to develop a plan of action to implement authorities under existing law to reward whistleblowers who furnish information that leads to an arrest, criminal conviction, civil penalty assessment, or forfeiture of property for any wildlife trafficking violation”

      To ament great ape and marine turtle conservation act

      To direct any fines or penalities to other conservation or wildlife trafficking acts or to support wildlife conservation

      Birds mentioned as the species component - “a species component that shall consist of administration of the programs authorized under… neotropical migratory bird conservation act, wild bird conservation act of 1992

HR 1337 Saving America’s Pollinators Act

February 25, 2019

      Focused on pollinators

      Importance of pollinators and potential negative effects of neonicotinoids on pollinators

      Establish a pollinator protection board “to assist in the development of an independent review process for pesticides that pose a threat to pollinators and pollinator habitat”

      Birds are mentioned in the background information regarding literature on potential threats to birds

      “(10) Science has demonstrated that a single corn kernel coated with a neonicotinoid is toxic enough to kill a songbird. Peer-reviewed research from the Netherlands has shown that the most severe bird population declines occurred in those areas where neonicotinoid pollution was highest. Starlings, tree sparrows, and swallows were among the most affected.”

 Proposition to establish a non-essential experimental population of California Condors in the Pacific Northwest to reintroduce to region - comment period

      http:// www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter Docket No. FWS–R1–ES–2018–0033


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