The Migratory Bird Treaty is 100 years old
(Mirror Daily, United States) – Among others, Michigan joins the celebration for the Migratory Bird Treaty that was historically signed 100 years ago. Efforts so far will be celebrated for the purpose of protective the species of birds that migrate over international borders.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is just one of the many who will be joining in. Along with several other conservation agencies, they will be a taking a step forward to remember the historic signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty on August 16th, 1916. That means that this year, 2016, will be the act’s centennial anniversary.
The initial treaty for the protection of migratory birds was signed between the United States and Great Britain, representing Canada at that moment. It was just the beginning, as three more were signed with Russia, Japan, and Mexico. With the gathered efforts of all nations and the total of four treaties, they erected the pillars upon which bird conservation was built.
According to Karen Cleveland from the Michigan DNR, this will be an occasion to celebrate 100 years of migratory birds protection. As they fly over international borders, the four historic treaties has kept them safe and under the watchful eye of conservation agencies. The efforts persisted for generations. And now, they are ahead of a major celebration and hope for future success.
Migratory birds add color to our skies and an ecological imprint that is crucial to some industries as well as vegetation. Their environmental benefits range from pollination to seed dispersal to pest control. Their long travels have made them markers for studies of environmental health and vital information about its current state. With today’s problems regarding climate change, they play a major role for our planet.
They are visible and easy to study, which makes them perfect for indicators of what is actually happening in the world. The migratory birds also offer recreational opportunities, such as bird watching or hunting, creating jobs and generating billions of dollars in revenue. They are an important part of our world, and their presence has been constantly protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty.
Or, at the very least, they were offered as much protection as possible.
The centennial celebration could be used to also bring awareness of the problem that is currently threatening many migratory bird species. The treaties have, pun unintended, placed them under their wing. But, their population is still in danger, with an estimated of 91% of the total still needing adequate protection.
The 100th anniversary could celebrate efforts, raise awareness, and hope for the future.
Read more about the need for better protection for migratory birds here.
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