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Why This Matters: Prosecutions of this treaty are hardly a huge threat, but the decision to waive all prosecutions will have broad implications and impact behavior of those who should be taking care that their actions do not cause more harm to birds than the myriad of threats such as plastic pollution and climate change. The NY Times documented one such case in which a large infrastructure project in Virginia would have harmed nesting habitat but once the rules were made “voluntary” because there would be no prosecution, the state of Virginia nixed the mitigation they were planning to do as a result of the project. This action, in one fell swoop, guts the protections the U.S. is supposed to provide under this bedrock environmental treaty – it is arguably illegal. And in doing so we hurt not only ourselves and the birds who migrate between nations, but also the other countries where the birds spend time. It is exactly the opposite of what we need to be doing to avoid another major extinction event (we should be conserving 30% of the planet by 2030 to protect bird habitat), as we know birds are more at risk than ever.
What You Can Do: To help birds in your back yard, check out this story from yesterday’s edition of ODP. And you can file a comment until March opposing the proposed rule by clicking here and follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2018-0090.
This tiny owl is one lucky fella! He was plucked from the branches of the Christmas tree in NYC’s Rockefeller Plaza by one of the workers putting it up. Dubbed Rockefeller, he is now being nursed back to health at the Ravensbeard Wildlife Center, and his caretakers are hoping to release him back into the […]
Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission and its Southwest Water Management Division caught a record 2,000 Burmese pythons in Florida’s Everglades in just the first eight months of 2020. The good news is those snakes are gone. The bad news is there are that many Burmese pythons in the Everglades. Check out the cool photos of […]
Normalcy will return to the White House in January — the First Family will again have pets! The Bidens have two dogs, Champ and Major, and now an Instagram account with 60,000 followers, and even their own hashtag #DOTUS. The Obamas had two dogs, Sunny and Bo, and the Bushes had two cats and a […]
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