An Act to enhance the conservation of migratory birds of the Americas is introduced in the House

WASHINGTON (October 5, 2022) – This week, Congressman Ron Kind and Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar introduced HR 9135, the Migratory Bird Conservation of the Americas Enhancement Act, in the House of Representatives. This bipartisan bill will strengthen the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA), an innovative and cost-effective approach to conserving more than 350 neotropical bird species in the United States that travel to Central and South America, in the Caribbean and Canada each year. year, such as Scarlet Tanager, Violet Swallow and Black Warbler.

A companion bill was introduced by Senators Ben Cardin and Rob Portman earlier this year.

“Migratory birds transcend national boundaries, which is why we need a hemispheric approach to conservation,” said Marshall Johnson, Curator at the National Audubon Society. “Three billion birds have been lost since 1970, and the same factors that threaten them also threaten our own communities. This bill will help provide the investments we need to protect the places birds and people need to survive.

The NMBCA supports bird habitat conservation as well as research, monitoring, outreach and education. As a matching grant program, it catalyzes funding from a variety of sources beyond the US government. Since 2000, the United States has invested $80 million, which has generated an additional $310 million in matching funds from public-private partnerships. These funds supported 658 projects in 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, 40 US states and territories, and Canadian provinces and territories.

Each spring, millions of birds travel thousands of miles from Latin America and the Caribbean to their breeding grounds in the United States and Canada, as far north as the Arctic. As winter approaches, these migratory birds make the long journey south. Besides being among the most amazing and impressive species loved by bird watchers, these over 300 species of birds are also economically important for their role in pest control, seed dispersal, pollination for the agriculture and ecotourism. In the United States, the Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that there are 45 million bird watchers, generating an economic output of $96 billion.

About Audubon
The National Audubon Society protects the birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. Audubon works across the Americas using field science, advocacy, education, and conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters and partners give Audubon an unprecedented scale that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A non-profit conservation organization since 1905, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more at www.audubon.org and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @audubonsociety.

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