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Create a World Where Birds and People Thrive

Migratory birds connect people to nature and provide multiple benefits – ecological, economic, aesthetic, recreational and spiritual – to humans and the environment. They connect nations and even continents through migration, providing opportunities for international understanding and collaboration.

Healthy birds mean healthy forests, wetlands, grasslands, shorelines and oceans, even healthy cities. By conserving birds we conserve our American landscapes and the economies and ways of life that depend on them - from farmers and ranchers to outdoor recreationists, we all benefit when birds thrive and have healthy places to live.

You and your family can get involved bird conservation in many ways! Be a "citizen scientist" and help scientists answer key questions about birds, such as arrival dates, abundance, and departure dates of migratory birds, and reporting sightings of rare and common birds. Citizen science projects at the local, regional and national level offer many opportunities to participate, in some cases with little or no specialized skills required. Many programs even let yu contribute to conservation by counting birds right in your backyard.

Whether you contribute as a partner in a grant project, engage with local organizations through the Urban Bird Treaty program, co-host a special event with partners in your area, or buy a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation (Duck) Stamp - supporting one of the nation's oldest and most successful conservation programs - YOU have an opportunity to play a crucial role in bird conservation.

Learn more about what the Migratory Bird Program does for birds and their conservation, and how you can help.

In 2016, the Service and our partners celebrated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the first Migratory Bird Treaty - a bilateral agreement between the United States and Canada to conserve and protect our shared bird resources.

For the Centennial campaign we created a number of tools designed to help engage various audiences in bird conservation, build grassroots partnerships, and plan, conduct and publicize special events. These tools were designed to be "evergreen" and they are as relevant today as they were then for anyone who wants to celebrate the beauty of birds, any time of year.

Last Updated: August 8, 2018