Protect Migratory Birds – Deadline July 6 – Sign-On Letter to U.S. Senate
The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) advises that “the Senate may soon consider a rider in the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill to bar the Department of Justice from enforcing the MBTA, which protects over 1,000 species of migratory birds.”
Furthermore, in the House, Rep. Jeff Duncan is trying to add to the Interior Appropriation Bill an amendment that would prevent the enforcement of laws protecting Bald and Golden Eagles, as well as the laws protecting migratory birds.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy is joining ABC and conservation organizations across the nation in cosigning a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, asking that they maintain all existing protections for migratory birds.
Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy also invites individual members to send the same request to Virginia’s U.S. Senators. You can easily do this by going to support.abcbirds.org/ProtectMBTA and personalizing and sending a letter prepared by ABC. Alternatively, you can deliver your message directly by calling or writing the offices of Senator Mark Warner and Senator Tim Kaine. Contact information can be found at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=VA.
As always, thank you for your efforts to protect Loudoun’s wildlife.
Photo credits: Bluebirds, by Nicole Hamilton. Short-eared Owl, by Liam McGranaghan. These are just two of more than 1,000 species currently protected under the MBTA.