Date: 7/4/18 3:40 pm From: Bill Thurman <bill.masterofmusic...> Subject: Re: Migratory Birds plus gutting a fund for habitat
Thank you for this great information, Jack!
On Wed, Jul 4, 2018, 17:31 Jack and Pam < <00000064a46c579c-dmarc-request...> wrote:
> When legislators hear about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) or the > Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) being under threat they frequently > say, "I'm not hearing about this from my constituents." > > I just returned from Washington where I met with Arkansas legislators. > Now is the time to reinforce the message that we care about protecting our > birds and habitat. > > So here's how it goes. One old guy from Audubon (me) shows up in the > Senator's or Congressman's office saying that people in Arkansas care about > these two issues. That visit puts the MBTA and LWCF on the legislator's > radar. If there is no follow-up, no other word from voters, chances are > that's the end of it. It is a hectic world in Washington so it is > reasonable to listen to, pay the most attention to, the squeaky wheels. > > Here is your path to guilt free birding- spend 10 minutes today letting > your legislator know that the following issues matter: > > 1. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act has been vital to protecting birds for > 100 years (this is the anniversary year). A new interpretation of the Act > by the administration basically guts the protections the Act provides. > Legislation in Congress (HR4239) would make the administration's > interpretation of the Act permanent. Audubon calls it the "Bird Killer > Amendment" because it give industry a free pass to kill birds without > consequences. > > Sign-on to the Audubon Action Alert here: > Audubon Action Alert: Stop Industries from Getting a Free Pass to Kill > Birds <http://tinyurl.com/y972p8p7> > > 2. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was created over 50 years ago and > during that time has helped protect parks, places for recreation, areas of > cultural significance, and important wildlife habitat. Every state has > benefited. In Arkansas the LWCF has helped nearly every county protect > open spaces. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire on > September 30, of this year! There are two bills that birders need to > support. In the Senate (S.569) and in the House (HR502). These bills > would permanently renew LWCF. > > You can support both bills by clicking here: > > Audubon Action Alert: Protect America's Land and Water Conservation Legacy > <https://act.audubon.org/onlineactions/gZcdhrf-mU6vW8esQfZbsQ2?ms=climate-adv-web-website_nas-card-201803xx_NPS-LWCF> > > > If, by some extraordinary act of kindness someone on the list actually > takes action (sarcasm), please let me know at ( > <fellowshipofthewings...>). Use same address or call me to request > more information or to report problems. > > IF you *really* want to make your message powerful, let me know and I'll > send you an email address for the staffer who handles these issues so you > can by-pass the forms on the legislator's website. Wish I had time to tell > you about my experience talking to our legislators. You might be surprised. > > Jack Stewart > Newton County, AR > (870)715-0260 > > Forgot to mention that neither MBTA nor LWCF cost tax payers anything! >