Migratory Bird Treaty Act 100th Anniversary

Two American White Pelicans in flightTwo American White Pelicans in flight – Nikon D810, f10, 1/1000, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, natural light

Yesterday marked the Migratory Bird Treaty Act 100th Anniversary and that is really important to me as a bird photographer. If the Migratory Bird Treaty Act had not been instituted and signed I wouldn’t be seeing all of the migratory birds I photograph today.

Prior to the Migratory Bird Treat Act birds were killed without any thought of conservation, species disappeared and became extinct because it was thought they would always be there. We know better than that today. We said goodbye to the Passenger Pigeon, the Heath Hen, the Carolina Parakeet and the Great Auk.

Flock of American White Pelicans at Bear River MBRFlock of American White Pelicans at Bear River MBR – Nikon D810, f10, 1/1000, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, natural light

Today I see and photograph the birds that I share here on my blog and my photo galleries in part because the Migratory Bird Treaty Act helped to save the birds that migrate across international borders and to conserve habitat for them. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act has been monumentally successful and we need to insure that it continues and not allow the treaty to become weakened.

We need birds. The birds need us.

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4 Comments

  1. Elephant's Child August 17, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    It was a very, very good start. Which we need to expand and build on. For our planet’s sake.

  2. Patty Chadwick August 17, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I am so very, very thankful for the existence of that migratory act…too bad such cruelty and stupidity ever existed but what could you expect of any “thinking” (?), living being that would actually be stupid enough to voluntarily wear high heels or corsets….these are beautiful shots! The sky looks like a sea of foamy white caps or cats’ paws..a pperfect complement to the birds.
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  3. April Olson August 17, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Beautiful image. You would not believe how many times I have to quote the Migratory Bird Act. When you tell people their behavior shooting birds or keeping fledglings is illegal, it is nice to have a law to back you up!

  4. Bob McPherson August 17, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Beautiful images, Mia.

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