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An osprey builds its nest. Photo by Rodney Campbell/Creative Commons.

An osprey builds its nest. Photo by Rodney Campbell/Creative Commons.

Welcome To #birdyear

Service and Partners Team to Celebrate the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial

This year is the centennial for an important tool in our conservation toolbox as the Migratory Bird Treaty turns 100. Regionally we will be teaming up with partners who are literally across the western hemisphere for events and activities throughout the year.
Highlights include:

Bird Fact Email of the Day:As a small part of our regional recognition of this important anniversary, we invite you to sign up for fun and informative bird facts which we will be delivering daily to our subscribers’ inboxes. Sign up to learn more! http://www.fws.gov/midwest/news/mbtcent.html.

 
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) Events:The International Migratory Bird Day theme, “Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation,” is closely aligned with the goals of the Migratory Bird Treaty centennial. You will find outreach materials, presentations and more to help plan your own event on their website: http://www.migratorybirdday.org/.

Chicago Centennial Celebration:A large event commemorating the signing of the first Migratory Bird Treaty is being planned for mid-August in Chicago, Illinois. This celebration will commemorate the Centennial, engage diverse audiences in bird conservation activities, and kick off restoration activities and bird conservation campaigns for the next several years. More information will be provided as we near this August event.
 

Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial Youth Art Contest:Following the great example of the Junior Duck Stamp art contest, we are initiating a Centennial youth art contest that will take place in spring 2016. Art will be judged at our August Chicago Celebration. For more information, contact Deanne Endrizzi; deanne_endrizzi@fws.gov.
  

Birding Festivals/State Fairs/Bird Meetings: The Migratory Bird Treaty centennial will be the featured theme at many bird festivals (including the Biggest Week in American Birding), state fairs, ornithological meetings and hunting events throughout the Midwest Region in 2016. For more information, contact Katie Koch; katie_koch@fws.gov.

A century ago – when unregulated shooting of birds and the use of feathers for fashion was the norm - something unprecedented happened. In response to popular pressure from many corners, in 1916 the U.S. government signed a treaty with Great Britain (on behalf of Canada) to protect birds that spend time in both countries. It was the first time two nations had acted to protect birds across borders. The Migratory Bird Treaty and the resulting Migratory Bird Treaty Act--which allowed the treaty to function under domestic law--established the first system of comprehensive wildlife management on a national level. This laid the foundation for wildlife protection over the last century, from the continued development of the National Wildlife Refuge System to passage of the Endangered Species Act, and further treaties with Mexico, Japan and Russia.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service marks this conservation milestone nationally in the company of the many partners who work to conserve birds and their habitats every day. Our goals are to create awareness, promote key actions, increase support and expand opportunities for people to engage in the conservation of migratory birds.

You can be part of the celebration too! Attend a Centennial event, use bird-friendly practices around your home or office, participate in citizen science initiatives – and more. Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the web and use the hashtag #birdyear.

For more information, visit our national Centennial web site: http://www.fws.gov/birds/MBTreaty100/index.php

Let’s join together and make this a true “Year of the Birds”!

By Larry Dean
Regional Office - External Affairs

 

Last updated: February 4, 2016