American Bird Conservancy News and Action Alerts

Action Alert – Sage Grouse Rider Threatens Conservation Effort

Congress is now considering a rider to suspend the ESA for a decade, and to prevent the implementation of new grouse conservation plans.  Please send a letter to your elected officials today, urging they stand up for the Endangered Species Act and science-based management plans, and oppose further delays in the conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse.  Without these BLM and Forest Service management plans, the Greater Sage-Grouse have little chance of long-term recovery because sagebrush habitat would continue to be lost, and an ESA listing would likely be warranted.  Please write today.

 Action Alert – Legislation to Conserve Migratory Birds

The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA): It has supported 451 conservation projects on more than 3.7 million acres of critical bird habitat, resulting in crucial progress for birds like the Canada Warbler (shown) and rapidly declining species such as the Cerulean Warbler, Long-billed Curlew, and Red Knot. This is the track record of the NMBCA. But Congress is now deciding whether or not to continue to fund this important program.  Congressman Ron Kind (WI-3) and Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-1) have introduced legislation in the House of Representatives, H.R. 2957, to reauthorize the NMBCA until 2020. Senator Ben Cardin (MD) has introduced a companion bill, S. 520, in the Senate.

Please act today to ensure the NMBCA is able to continue important work for birds. Tell your Representative and Senators: Let’s build on this conservation success by reauthorizing the NMBCA!

ABC Updates

 Bald and Golden Eagles Victorious: Court Invalidates 30-Year “Eagle Take” Rule

The decision is available here:

What’s Next for Eagles? Behind the Court Ruling by ABC staff

Bird Conservation: Hawaii

 Bird Calls: ABC Blog – Perspectives on Bird Conservation

Efforts to Save Rare Honduran Hummingbird Result in New Reserve, Conservation Partnerships with Ranchers

 News Briefs and Resources

Poll: Public Strongly Supports Endangered Species Act

Feds elevate their fight against bird-killing mine markers

Letter to the Editor: BLM Director Kornze on Sage Grouse Plans

Sage Grouse Won’t Cross Power Lines to Mingle

A new University of Washington study is the first to show that power-line corridors get in the way as sage grouse move across the landscape for food and breeding. Specifically, the transmission lines that funnel power from hydroelectric dams and wind turbines across Eastern Washington State affect greater sage grouse habitat by isolating fragile populations and limiting movement.

NRCS Announces Sage Grouse Initiative to Continue – Promises $211 Million Through 2018

American Bird Conservancy commends the continuing commitment to Greater Sage-Grouse conservation on the part of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Obama administration.  Conservation easements for 320,000 acres of priority habitat at risk of development are a wise investment, as is the continuing outreach to landowners by program partners.  See for more.

Grasslands protocol opens another carbon market for farmers

By Robert Parkhurst | Published: August 10, 2015

Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative Newsletter, August 2015

Living Bird: Raptors and Rat Poison

Live-Streaming Views of Wild Condor Nests Connect People to Rare Species

You now have the unprecedented opportunity to observe nesting California Condors and their young chicks in real time via live-streaming webcams near the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge in southern California and at the Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Sanctuary in Big Sur along the central California coast.

Deer hunters asked to consider copper vs. lead, St. Cloud Times | 08/24/15


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