The Council for the Conservation of Migratory Birds (Council) was established in 2009 by the Secretary of the Interior to oversee the implementation of the Executive Order 13186, Responsibilities of Federal Agencies to Protect Migratory Birds. The Executive Order was a crucial first step in creating a more comprehensive strategy for the conservation of migratory birds by the Federal government, thereby fulfilling the government’s duty to lead in the protection of this international resource. The Council serves to enhance coordination and communication among Federal agencies regarding their responsibilities under the four bilateral treaties on the conservation of migratory birds (Canada - 1916, Mexico - 1936, Japan - 1972, Russia - 1978) and also builds upon the progress that has been made in recent years on conservation of migratory birds.
Participation in the Council is open to all Federal agencies whose activities may directly or indirectly affect migratory bird populations. Federal Agencies are not required to have a completed Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to become a member of the Council. The Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service serves as Chair of the Council.
The Goals of the Council are to:
The Objectives of the Council are to:
Existing Migratory Bird Program Partnership Agreements
Executive Order to Protect
Migratory Birds (PDF) and Q&A's. Memoranda of Understanding which have been finalized in
accordance with the Executive Order
October 5, 2012