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Migratory bird protection bill moves forward

A U.S. Senate committee has approved a bill to re-authorize a law that protects migratory birds with millions of dollars in grant funding.Indigo Bunting

The Environment and Public Works Committee approved reauthorization of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. The bill was authored by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who also chairs the committee. The act first was approved by Congress in 2000.

Cardin in a news release said reauthorization would extend the federal program that helps to generate billions of dollars each year for the U.S. economy. He called the legislation cost-effective and budget-friendly, and said it represents an investment in the U.S. and overseas to protect the routes of migratory birds.

“For nearly a decade, federal investment in habitat protection, education, research and monitoring of Neotropical migratory birds has been vital to the well-being of our ecosystem and our economy,” Cardin said. “This simple reauthorization bill will make sure that this good work continues.”

Cardin said the program promotes long-term conservation, education, research, monitoring, and habitat protection for more than 350 species of Neotropical migratory birds. It’s an economic boon to millions of American bird watchers, who in 2006 spent $12.8 billion on wildlife trips, Cardin said.

Through this legislation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 2002 has invested more than $25 million in 262 projects in 44 U.S. states, Canada, and 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Many Neotropical bird species that would fall under the protection of this have been experiencing a decline in population despite being protected by federal and state laws.

Eric Dodson, Executive Director of ISC-Audubon said, “It’s critical we support this act and make it as strong as we can be to protect these species, much of which are still on the decline. We need these laws to protect these birds, or they simply won’t make it.”

The next step for the bill is a vote before the full Senate.

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