Migratory Bird Conservation: A Trust Responsibility
Enacted in 1918, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) is an enduring cornerstone of the nation’s wildlife conservation laws. This course is designed to give participants a working knowledge of the legal and conservation implications of the MBTA, with special attention to the responsibilities of the Fish and Wildlife Service, through all of its programs, for migratory bird conservation. Partnerships, resources and initiatives which address migratory bird conservation are explored in detail, providing participants an excellent overview of how they can further implement migratory bird conservation.
Who Should Attend: Biologists, natural resource professionals and law enforcement personnel responsible for implementing and administering Federal agency actions that have potential for impacting migratory birds. Federal Agency representatives engaged in implementing Executive Order 13186 (Responsibilities of Federal Agencies to Protect Migratory Birds) are especially encouraged to attend.
Length: 4.5 days/ 36 hours (2 College credits available for completing this course.) The course includes a field trip with bird walk and mist-netting demonstration.
Examine the significant historical events leading to the passage of the MBTA and the four migratory bird conventions and apply this knowledge to strengthen your program activities;
Determine a statutory migratory bird, understand ‘take’ and the Service’s responsibility and challenges in implementing and enforcing the MBTA and other related bird conservation regulations;
Explore the existing bird initiatives, resources and partnerships which have been developed to address migratory bird conservation nationally and in your region;
Determine which activities require a permit and which regulation applies to a given bird scenario;
Develop a proposal for incorporating migratory bird activities at your location.