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The legacy of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918


On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which protects more than 1,000 bird species from being killed or harmed.


Last December, the Interior Department eliminated an Obama era policy to prosecute oil, gas, wind, and solar companies that accidentally kill birds. How are conservationists responding? What can bird lovers do keep the act in place?





Thomas Lovejoy, senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation, and professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University

David O’Neill,chief conservation officer at the National Audubon Society


Web Resources:

National Audubon Society


Grist:Trump administration rolls back protections for migratory birds, drawing bipartisan condemnation


National Geographic:Why Birds Matter, and Are Worth Protecting


Mother Jones:Trump Made It Easier for Oil Companies to Get Away With Killing Migratory Birds



Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.