I posted last week about the alarming decline in bird populations over the last 48 years. It’s important to recognize the problem. It’s more important to start doing something to fix it.
If you are concerned about or care about birds, please consider contacting your political representatives to express your support for any or all of the following pieces of legislation.
In no particular order…
1. The Bird Safe Buildings Act
This is a bi-partisan House bill that would require government buildings to incorporate bird-safe materials that would limit risks of bird collisions.
2. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act
This is a bi-partisan bill that increases federal funding for state conversation programs. It redirects existing annual revenues (so no new taxes) and puts that money into state and tribal conservation plans to revive and protect wildlife habitats. Since habitat destruction is one of the primary reasons for the loss of so many birds, this bill is crucial.
3. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act/Convention (U.S./Canada)
The Migratory Bird Protection Act, proposed in the U.S. House, would restore the Migratory Bird Treaty Act’s prohibition on incidental take, reversing a recent policy change. In 2017, the Trump Administration weakened the Act so that companies that kill birds through negligence (such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that killed 1 million birds) would no longer be subject to penalties.
Trump weakened the Act on the US side. Canada has remained committed to the original agreement and we need to convince the Congress to reinstate the US portion of the agreement.
The viability of the world’s bird population shouldn’t be and is not something that is partisan. We all live on the same planet and breathe the same air. It’s really simple. If the birds all die off, so do we. Time to act is now.
Thank you for your consideration.
Scott Bourne is an Olympus Visionary, a professional bird/wildlife photographer, author and lecturer who specializes in birds. He is a pioneer in digital photography and was named one of the “30 most influential photographers on the Web” by Huffington Post. His photographic experience spans four decades and his bird/wildlife images have been published in more than 200 magazines and periodicals. He is also a Signed Master at Studio of Masters in China.
Scott has been a founder, co-founder, advisor or early stage investor in several technology companies such as NetRadio, Photofocus, and ViewBug.