Migratory Bird Treaty Act


Graphic: US Department of the Interior

Science Wins at the Interior Department

, Research scientist

The Department of the Interior has announced that it will be rescinding an order put in place by the previous administration that sidelined scientific research and its use in the agency’s decisions. Scientists and decisionmakers can now once again bring the best available science to bear on decisions that affect our environment, health, and public lands. Read more >

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service estimated in 2002 that up to two million birds were killed in oil pits every year. Photo: Pedro Ramirez, Jr/USFWS

Outgoing Administration Gave Thumbs Up to Migratory Bird Massacre. It’s Time to Reverse the Damage.

, Research scientist

On January 7, the outgoing administration changed the legal interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act so that the Fish and Wildlife can no longer hold industries accountable for the “incidental” killing of migratory bird species. It will go into effect on February 8 unless the Biden administration takes immediate action. Read more >

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Migratory Birds vs. the Trump Administration: This Time the Birds Win

, Climate scientist

The Department of the Interior was dealt a serious blow earlier this month in its attempt to dismantle one of our most vital laws for protecting wildlife, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. A federal judge ruled that attempts by the agency to reinterpret the act to allow more bird deaths were unlawful, lacked any opportunity for public comment, and showed that “agency expertise is questionable at best.” Read more >

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When It’s Migratory Birds vs. the Trump Administration, the Birds Die

, Climate scientist

A “clarification” of the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act has allowed industry to ignore how their actions could accidentally kill birds. Read more >

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