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The legacy of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918

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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?

 

 

Guests:

 

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 Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.