Migratory Bird Treaty Act

The Migratory Bird Act is an important law that was first created is 1916 to protect migratory birds at the federal level.  Migratory birds are birds that move between a few places during seasonal changes.  Have you ever hear of geese flying south for the winter? Well it's not just geese, in fact many species of birds are migratory and this can make conservation and success of species population based on the quality of habitats in all the areas they travel to.  If the birds were over hunted, over trapped or had no where to eat and breed after their migrations, then the success of the species would decline.  This decline of bird species could cause issues for multiple countries.

So, United States and the United Kingdom, who represented Canada, made the environmental treaty known as the Migratory Bird Treaty.  This lead to Federal Migratory Bird Sanctuaries and the Migratory Bird Act along with regulations from multiple countries in efforts to protect the birds.

The Migratory Bird Act is still enforced by the federal government and special permits are required to use migratory birds in any fashion, including hunting, taxidermy, educational purposes, zoos and transporting migratory birds or bird parts.  Even things like cutting down trees for nesting, owning a bird feather or touching deserted nests can be considered a violation of the Migratory Bird Act.

To learn more about migratory birds or the awesome Passerine birds, then head to the Bird Center!  Don't forget we have lots of animal activities you can do at school or with your friends in the Game Center.

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