by Carole Jorgensen
The Great American Outdoors Act was signed into law in August 2020. It provides the promised money to implement the 1965 Land and Water Conservation Act. The LWCA was designed to fund conservation and recreation as partial mitigation for off-shore oil and gas development, but was fully funded only two years in the last 40. The Great American Outdoors Act finally fully provides that promised funding for the first time.
United States District Court Judge Valerie Caproni ruled in a lawsuit on August 12, 2020, by conservation groups, including Audubon, that the Administration changes that rolled back the incidental take in the Migratory Bird Treaty Act was “counter to the purpose of the MBTA to protect migratory bird populations” and is “contrary to the plain meaning of the MBTA.” This legal interpretation re-establishes significant protection for migratory birds. Thank you for your support of Audubon’s efforts.
A recent study estimated that between 89 million and 340 million birds die annually in vehicle collisions on U.S. roads. FWS, Apr 18, 2018. If you or others would like to contribute to better scientific information on this issue, consider participating in the Adventure Scientist cycle survey in Montana. https://www.adventurescientists.org/montana-wildlife-connectivity.html.