Date: 7/12/20 12:48 pm
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...>
Subject: [texbirds] MBTA change comment period ending soon
Hi All,

I apologize if there has already been a similar post on the listserv but this is important! I am forwarding an email that was sent out to the TN listserv about the proposed changes to incidental take for the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Removing fines for incidental take of birds via industry went into effect in 2017 and now they are trying to make the change permanent. Please submit your comments about this proposed change to the Fish & Wildlife Service by July 20. The process to submit a comment was easy and I was able to familiarize myself with the proposed changes, compose my letter, and submit it in about 20 minutes. In the email below, Cyndi did a great job of providing the information and resources necessary to accomplish this important task.

Supporting Alternative B is the best option to protect birds. I know the onslaught of environmental law repeals and requests to submit comments seems endless lately, but now is the time to speak up and I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to do so for the birds that we love!


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From: Cynthia Routledge <routledges...>
Date: Sat, Jul 11, 2020 at 4:39 PM
Subject: [TN-Bird] HAVE YOU ACTED??
To: Tn Bird <tn-bird...>

HAVE YOU COMMENTED YET?? Please take time to send in your comments ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT MATTER!

Bird protections are under attack in a major way and we have two weeks to make our voices heard. In 2017 the Administration ceased enforcement of penalties for bird deaths caused by avoidable industrial hazards. Now the Fish and Wildlife Service wants to codify that rule. The new rule would apply the Migratory Bird Treaty Act protections only when an activity “purposefully” kills birds. The comment period for the draft Environmental Impact Statement for this new rule is midnight July 20th. Submit your comments here.

This link summarizes the Alternatives in the draft EIS. Alternative B is the best alternative to return the protections we have traditionally relied on. You should make reference to this in your letter.

This link takes you to an excellent description of what the loss of these protections would mean and has talking points you can use for your letter




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Conservation and Policy Committee of TOS

TOS Secretary

Southeastern Avian Research

Jennifer Miller
Lubbock, TX

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