Biden Administration Reverses Rollback of Migratory Bird Protections

The Biden administration has taken an important step in protecting bird species by scrapping a controversial legal opinion that gutted the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s protections for hundreds of species of migratory birds. The Interior Department is expected to soon issue a new proposal to revoke the rule based on that interpretation – which was ruled illegal by a… Continue reading Biden Administration Reverses Rollback of Migratory Bird Protections

Trump Administration Celebrates Recovery of America’s Smallest Tern

Across interior least tern’s 18-state range, populations continue to grow and flourish After more than three decades of conservation partnerships inspired by the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is celebrating the delisting of the interior least tern due to recovery. According to the best available science, the diverse efforts of local,… Continue reading Trump Administration Celebrates Recovery of America’s Smallest Tern

Unprecedented Rollback of Migratory Bird Protections Disregard Law, Public Interest

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 5, 2021) — A change in how the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is enforced will reduce protections for wildlife at a time when migratory birds are facing severe challenges and steep declines.  The Trump Administration’s decision, based on a legal interpretation already ruled illegal by the courts, would end enforcement against “accidental” killings… Continue reading Unprecedented Rollback of Migratory Bird Protections Disregard Law, Public Interest

Trump Administration’s Interpretation of 100-Year-Old Law Creates Uncertain Future for Migratory Bird Protections

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 30, 2020) — Proposed changes to how the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is enforced will reduce protections for wildlife at a time when birds are facing unprecedented challenges and declines. The National Wildlife Federation urged the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reverse course on its decision to drop enforcement of “incidental”… Continue reading Trump Administration’s Interpretation of 100-Year-Old Law Creates Uncertain Future for Migratory Bird Protections

New Bill Would Rectify Decision to Reduce Protections for America’s Migratory Birds

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 8, 2020) – The Trump administration’s 2018 decision to reduce protections offered through the Migratory Bird Treaty Act went against decades of commonsense strategies to improve bird conservation. One result is today’s introduction of the Migratory Bird Protection Act by Representative Lowenthal (D-Calif.), House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and six… Continue reading New Bill Would Rectify Decision to Reduce Protections for America’s Migratory Birds