The year 2016 is the centennial of the first international Migratory Bird Treaty, an agreement between the U.S. and Great Britain (on behalf of Canada). Three other treaties followed that included Mexico, and these agreements form the cornerstone of the efforts to conserve birds that migrate across international borders. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wants you to join in celebrating 100 years of bird conservation. There are many ways to get involved and most will cost you little or nothing.
Pledge to take action for migratory birds and get a special prize from the USFWS. The U.S. is in a friendly competition with our Canadian partners to see who gets the most pledges. Share your love of birds by posting photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and tag them with #birdyearpics; send some photos to the USFWS FaceBook page, also Instagram and Snapchat.
More possible pledges: Help reduce bird collisions on your home’s windows (decals, screens, removing inside houseplants, and more); take a friend bird watching; create some bird-friendly landscaping; participate in a citizen science project; or buy a federal Duck Stamp. Go to www.fws.gov/birds/MBTreaty100/ for more information.