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Tag: Migratory Bird Treaty Act

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  • Four released birds spread their wings and take flight towards the blue sky.
    Information icon Migratory birds take to the skies after being uncaged at Everglades National Park. The birds had been seized as part of Operation Ornery Birds. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

    Taking flight to freedom

    April 17, 2018 | 6 minute read

    About 130 birds were released April 14 into Florida’s River of Grass by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials and partners at Everglades National Park headquarters near Homestead, Florida. The birds had been bought by undercover agents from illegal trappers and traffickers, and seized in a series of arrests in the days leading up to the release.  Learn more...


  • A bright white bird with long slender legs perched in a tree
    Years ago, great egrets were prized for their feathers. Photo by Mary Ellen Urbanski.

    Celebrating 100 Years of Bird Conservation

    The Migratory Bird Treaty has reached its 100th anniversary. To celebrate, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering events and summarizing the importance of birds in American conservation.  Learn more...


  • Biologists team up to inspect oil impacts to marsh grasses.
    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists on Bird Island One, a rookery colony for shorebirds in Barataria Bay conduct first ground reconasasance since the oil hit the bay. Photo by Tom MacKenzie, USFWS.

    For government agencies

    Civil Works The Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act requires federal agencies to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on all projects that impact wetlands, bayous, coulees, streams, lakes and rivers, and to give fish and wildlife resources equal consideration during the project planning process, while at the same time accomplishing the objectives of the proposed action. We work to conserve fish, wildlife and their habitats by minimizing impacts and recommending mitigation for U.  Learn more...

  • Thousands of geese taking flight.
    Information icon Geese flocking overhead. Photo by Corey Douglas.

    Migratory birds

    The Migratory Bird Treaty Act was passed in 1918. That Act prohibits the taking, killing, possession, transportation, and importation of migratory birds, their eggs, parts, and nests; except when specifically authorized by the U.S. Department of the Interior. While the Act has no provision for allowing unauthorized take, the Service realizes that some birds may be harmed or killed as a result of project implementation even when reasonable measures to protect birds are implemented.  Learn more...


  • A mature bald eagle with white head and dark brown feathers perched on a dead tree limb just over a giant nest.
    Bald eagle perched at Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS.

    Federal and state officials request assistance in investigation of bald eagle nest destruction

    July 20, 2017 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) are requesting assistance with an investigation of the destruction of a bald eagle nest. An active bald eagle nest was destroyed in Berkeley County, South Carolina, in June 2017. The nest was in an area of woods being logged near the junction of Crowfield Boulevard and Corporate Parkway in Goose Creek, S.C. The Service is offering a reward of $1,000 for information that leads to successful prosecution in this case.  Read the full story...

  • A brown and white bird perched on a dead branch.
    A Great Horned Owl at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina. Photo by Garry Tucker, USFWS.

    Service and Florida Wildlife Commission investigates Migratory Bird Treaty Act violation posted on Facebook

    April 1, 2015 | 2 minute read

    Stervenson Benjamin, 28, of West Palm Beach, Florida, has been charged with a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, for allegedly capturing, possessing, and transporting a great horned owl on March 16, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) jointly investigated the violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act after the suspects posted a video of themselves on Facebook holding an apparently stunned or injured Great Horned Owl while driving a car in West Palm Beach, Florida, at approximately 2:00 a.  Read the full story...


  • A very colorful bird perched on a bird feeder.
    Painted bunting. Photo by Evangelio Gonzalez, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Migratory birds

    March 30, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The arctic tern migrates from the North to the South Pole and back again every year, the longest migration of any bird. Conserving migratory birds is fraught with challenges stemming from the fact they often depend upon a variety of habitats spread across multiple countries – it isn’t enough to protect habitat here in the U.S., but it also has to be done in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, or any other country a bird uses on its migration.  Learn more...

  • Several wind turbines in front of a sunset.
    Information icon The DOE/Sandia Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) facility at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas. Photo by Sandia Labs, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

    Research shows it isn’t just impacts that kill bats at wind turbines

    April 24, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. While many hold up wind energy as an ideal green energy source, many in the wildlife conservation community are a little hesitant with their enthusiasm. The reason being, those spinning blades can be lethal to flying animals. Much of the attention about wind turbine impacts to wildlife has focused on birds, but clearly birds aren’t the only animals that fly, and bats have suffered before those spinning blades as well.  Learn more...

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