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Former DOI Officials Send Letter on Migratory Bird Treaty Act to Secretary Zinke

Aleutian and snow geese at San Joaquin National Wildlife Refuge | Photo by Steve Martarano / USFWS
Aleutian and snow geese at San Joaquin National Wildlife Refuge | Photo by Steve Martarano / USFWS

On Dec 22nd, Secretary Zinke issued guidance to reinterpret one of the oldest and most important conservation laws of our nation – the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) which will have implications on migratory birds. Bipartisan Interior leaders from several administrations expressed their objections in the letter below (click the thumbnail to read).  This reinterpretation would create a loophole that would change the way migratory birds can be taken allowing for less protection for them.  Many different migratory bird species use National Wildlife Refuges for wintering and breeding grounds as well as stopovers in between.  It is of vital importance that we do not allow for the MBTA to be interpreted like this. We firmly support the stance taken in this letter.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://refugeassociation.org/2018/01/letter-on-migratory-bird-treaty-act-to-secretary-zinke-from-former-doi-officials/

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