Jump to content
Ornithology Exchange

Chris Custer

Society Members
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

2 Has posted some good stuff

Profile Information

  • Location
    La Crosse, WI
  • Country
    United States
  1. Waterbirds, the International Journal of the Waterbird Society, is seeking a new Editor to begin in 2019 when the term of the current Editor has ended. The term of the initial appointment is for 3 years and includes an annual honorarium. The new Editor will be selected at the International Ornithological Congress in August 2018, and will begin receiving manuscripts in October 2018 during a 3-month transition period when both Editors will work together. Funds are available to employ a part-time Editorial Assistant and pay expenses involved with processing papers. Waterbirds publishes four issues per year containing approximately 55 papers from some 115 submissions plus special publications, such as proceedings of symposia. The Editor of Waterbirds is responsible for professional services in editing and publication of the Society’s journal, as well as the special publications in cooperation with guest editors. Duties of the Editor include: Determining the scope and direction of the scientific content of the journal; Overseeing manuscripts from submission through publication; Making final determinations of acceptance or rejection of each manuscript submitted; Selecting of and supervision of an Editorial Assistant; Directing interactions with the publisher (E. O. Painter Printing Company, Inc., Florida, USA); and Continuing to increase the quality and reputation of the journal, as measured by submission numbers, geographic diversity, impact factor, and paper quality. The Editor serves as a member of the Waterbird Society Council and is responsible for presenting annual reports to the Society’s Officers and Council at the Society’s annual meeting. All Associate Editors are appointed by the Editor, who also determines their duties. The successful applicant will be an accomplished professional scientist with not only extensive experience with waterbirds and scientific publication, but also a broad interest and appreciation of biology. Excellent communication skills and a willingness to learn new fields are essential. The new Editor will be selected by an Editorial Search Committee (Brian Palestis, Chair, Jim Fraser, Peter Frederick, Juliet Lamb, Erica Nol, Chris Somers) and approved by the Waterbird Society Council. The Search Committee will accept both direct applications and nominations for the position. Inquiries and formal applications, consisting of a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a sample of scientific publications, should be sent (preferably via E-mail) to: Brian Palestis Chair, Waterbirds Editorial Search Committee Wagner College, Department of Biological Sciences 1 Campus Road Staten Island, New York, 10301, USA Phone: 718-390-3237 The closing date for receipt of applications is March 31, 2018. This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  2. Slate of Candidates for 2017 election to Executive Council President-Elect Dave Moore I’m a Waterbird Biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service. Since graduate work (Ph.D., Simon Fraser University), my research has focused on the behavioral and population ecology of terns, gulls, cormorants, egrets and herons, including: parental care, interspecific interactions, population monitoring, demography, migration patterns and using waterbirds as bio-indicators. For 25 years, I have been engaged in the conservation of waterbirds and their habitats. I became involved in the Waterbird Society as a student, and have been a regular member, attending all annual meetings, since 2009. I’ve served as Councilor (2012-14), as a member of the Grants (2012-; Chair, 2015-), Bylaws (2012-) and Membership (2013-) Committees, and judging student presentations (2012-). I believe that our Society’s greatest contributions are: (i) fostering communications among scientists and supporting research and conservation, internationally, through our journal, annual meetings and awards and (ii) its philosophy of inclusivity and collegiality, that values and supports biologists at all stages of their careers. Developing strategies to attract and retain members, fostering international exchange, maintaining the relevance of our journal and annual meetings, sound financial planning and advocacy for the birds we are passionate about are all priorities, as we meet the challenges of rapidly changing world. Ted Simons Theodore R. Simons is a Professor of Applied Ecology and Forestry and a member of the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at North Carolina State University. He earned his B.S. at the University of Wisconsin in 1975 and his M.S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1983) at the University of Washington. He worked as a Research Ecologist for the National Park Service for ten years before joining the NCSU Coop Unit in 1993. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in the ecological literature, received national research and leadership awards from the NPS and USGS, and is a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union. He served as an Associate Editor at Ecological Applications from 2003-2017. Ted has been actively engaged in waterbird conservation throughout his career, studying colonial seabirds in Alaska, endangered Hawaiian and Black-capped Petrels in Hawaii and the Dominican Republic, and American Oystercatchers. He served as a member of the Waterbird Society Executive Council from 2013-2015. He is a founding member of the American Oystercatcher Working Group and has been actively involved in American Oystercatcher research and conservation for the past 20 years. As president-elect of the Waterbird Society Ted will work to broaden collaborations among scientists, managers, and the public, to support our excellent journal, and to increase participation in the Waterbird Society by early career professionals and students. Treasurer Chris Custer Christine Custer is a research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey. She has worked on a variety of colonial waterbirds over the past 40 years, but most recently she has been developing tree swallows, an aquatic passerine, as a model species to study the effects of environmental contaminants under field conditions. She has been Treasurer since 1999, and during her tenure, there has been a steady growth in the Waterbird Society’s budget. Annual revenue now exceeds ~$90,000 and those revenues are expected to continue to grow in the coming years. She converted the Society’s books from a simple excels spreadsheet to Quickbooks, an accounting software package. Complete financial statements and budgets have been prepared annually for Council and are organized and accounted for according to best financial practices. All financial statements since 1999 can be viewed on the Waterbird Society’s web pages, as can most annual reports since the organization’s inception. Write-in Councilor Dan Catlin My name is Daniel Catlin, and I am a Research Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. In addition, I am a co-leader of the VT Shorebird Program, dedicated to research and conservation of waterbirds. My research focusses on understanding the limiting factors in imperiled populations. I aim to provide managers with information to aid in management and recovery, while answering broader ecological questions. In pursuit of these interests in quantitative conservation, demography, and life history, my students, colleagues, and I have co-authored numerous publications and presentations for national and international conferences, and our work is used to inform various conservation plans and decisions. I have been a member of the Waterbird society, attending meetings and publishing in the journal since 2007. I have always had a special place in my heart for the Waterbird Society and its membership. It is with great excitement that I am running for the Executive Council. I am eager to continue my service to this amazing organization, and I look forward to helping as we move into a new era of the conservation of waterbirds and their habitats in the face of a changing political and environmental climate. Terry Master In my 28th year as a professor at East Stroudsburg University (ESU), I continue teaching courses in ornithology, animal behavior and tropical ecology. A research assignment observing heron/egret foraging behavior at Mrazek Pond in Everglades National Park for an undergraduate field experience focused my ornithological interests on wading birds, ultimately leading to a doctoral dissertation at Lehigh University on the behavior and foraging ecology of Snowy Egrets foraging in mixed-species aggregations at Stone Harbor, NJ. My first experience with the “Colonial Waterbird Society” was in 1986 when I presented some of my thesis results at the 10th annual meeting in Charleston, SC. A series of undergraduate and graduate students continued research on wading birds for a number of years thereafter, resulting in many presentations at 14 annual meetings and four publications in the Society’s journal. In 2000, when also serving as a Councilor, I co-organized the society’s first Riparian Birds Symposium at the meeting in Plymouth, MA. I would like to see the society maintain and enhance its interest in providing opportunities and a welcoming atmosphere for students, international participants and aquatic passerines! Sean Murphy Research Associate, Ecostudies Institute, East Olympia, WA. Ph.D. 2010, City University of New York. Previously, I spent six years working as a Wildlife Biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey-Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center. As a population biologist focused on avian populations interacting with their environment, I have studied waterbirds along the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts and the Interior West. I have been a member of the Waterbird Society since 2007 and have also served as: President of the Ornithological Societies of North America (OSNA) (2015-2017), OSNA Representative for Waterbirds (2014-2017), and Co-organizer of the Willamette Valley Bird Symposium (2014, 2015). The leadership provided by the Executive Council requires individuals that can address important decisions that will shape the future of Waterbirds. I value the Waterbird community for its friendly and professional environment. If elected, I would further the interaction and engagement of members through enhanced networking opportunities between junior and senior scientists and develop training programs to provide learning opportunities and collaborations among members. I would explore the potential for Waterbirds to unite with similar professional organizations in an effort to reduce costs associated with membership management while increasing our exposure to scientists in related specialties. Kate Sheehan Assistant Professor of Biology at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, AR (July 2017). Previous positions include postdoctoral appointments in avian parasitology with the University of California Santa Barbara, and University of California San Diego (current). Most recent publications address demographic issues of the accumulation and distribution of parasites in waterbirds and the ecological niche and management implications of Double-crested Cormorants. Other publications evaluate the restoration of coastal habitats that waterbirds rely on, such as oyster reef, upland marsh, and seagrass meadows. Recently funded research focuses on the prevalence of plastic in the gastrointestinal tract of seabirds and shorebirds and the potential interactions of parasites with plastic contaminants. An active member of the WBS Conservation Committee with strong interest in waterbird conservation in coastal and inland habitats within and beyond North America. A proponent of ecological research that supports and promotes the conservation of connected ecosystems, critical habitat, and restored trophic relationships between waterbirds and their food sources. As a non-traditional avian researcher, my vision for the society would be to continue the encouragement of novel applied waterbird research and promote an inclusive atmosphere to increase the ever-growing potential for conservation-oriented collaborations. Student Councilor Maureen Durkin Maureen Durkin is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She also received her M.S. from SUNY-ESF, researching the impacts of anthropogenic disturbance from recreation on the behavior and reproductive success of Snowy Plovers in the Florida Panhandle. After her M.S. work, she decided to undertake a Ph.D. project examining the demographics and factors limiting the Florida Panhandle’s Snowy Plover population, with a specific focus on mortality from vehicle collisions at a National Seashore. Before starting her graduate career, Maureen graduated with a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Connecticut College in 2008. After college, she worked field positions on Sandhill Crane projects in Mississippi and Wisconsin. Maureen started working on the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, when she took a position monitoring Snowy Plovers for a small NGO in Florida, followed by wintering shorebird surveys in South Texas. During her graduate work in Florida, she has had the opportunity to partner with the National Park Service, USFWS, several FL state agencies, Audubon, and American Bird Conservancy. Maureen has been active in the Waterbird Society since 2011, when she presented a poster on her work. Maureen attended and gave oral presentations of her work in Germany in 2013 and Mexico in 2014. As a representative to council, Maureen would focus on increasing student involvement and student activities during meetings. Being a member of the Waterbird society has been an invaluable experience for Maureen as a student, and she looks forward to continued involvement in the society, and the opportunity to help increase student participation and engagement. Caroline Poli I am currently a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Ecology program at the University of Florida. Prior to that, I earned an MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology at Clemson University and worked as a field ecologist for 11 years. I became a member of the Waterbird Society in 2015 and I joined the Conservation Committee in 2017. Much of my work in waterbird science involves understanding movement patterns and habitat use of waterbirds as a baseline for future decision-making. For my doctoral research, I work closely with agencies across south Florida to develop targets for wetland habitat management that will improve survival and dispersal of juvenile Snail Kites, and hopefully lead to population recovery. I am interested in helping to lead the Waterbird Society because I think it is critically important to be part of a diverse community of people who share an interest in science, communication, and conservation, and I plan to work with the members of the society in the future. I am excited that the society has elected to represent students at the council level, and I see this as a major opportunity to contribute to an organization that I relate to, represent other students, and learn to work as part of a government. As Student Councilor, I would work hard to promote and develop funding opportunities for students that wish to attend meetings. Additionally, I would support existing programs (i.e., the student-mentor mixer) and continue to create new opportunities for students to network with researchers and managers within the society. Thank you for considering my candidacy. Kate Shlepr The Waterbird Society is my “home” society, and I am keen to serve on the Council to show thanks and lend support to its mission. I have presented at five annual meetings of the WbS since 2011 when I started studying gulls as an undergraduate in Maine. My post-secondary advisors (John Anderson, Tony Diamond, Dale Gawlik) have all been enthusiastic supporters of the Society and have encouraged me to get involved in various ways. I was second chair to John Anderson on the Local Committee of the Bar Harbor meeting (2015), and helped him organize files (2014) and conduct interviews of WbS founders (2016) as a member of the Archives Committee. I have also collaborated with Stephanie Jones, editor of Waterbirds, as a co-editor on a Special Publication of the journal (2016). I will be starting a PhD on Everglades wading birds with Dale Gawlik in Fall 2017, and hope to build an active role in the WbS into my new position. My goal is to help maintain the high energy and camaraderie I have experienced as a member of the WbS, especially in welcoming students and other new Society members. This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  3. The Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) is the only cosmopolitan species of the Threskiornithidae family (ibis and spoonbills) and among the most widely distributed bird species in the world. Nonetheless, no knowledge exists on the intraspecific phylogeny and very little is known about the (meta)populations dynamics. We aim to fill this and other gaps on the species by setting up a research network. In particular, we aim to increase our knowledge of the species and to use the Glossy ibis as a novel model species to investigate ecological responses to abrupt environmental changes. This network will also serve to share information and delineate lines of investigation to increase our knowledge of Glossy Ibis biology and using it as a model species to address ecological and evolutionary questions. A three-day workshop will be held in November 2017 at the Doñana Biological Park (South Spain), a marshland area of great importance for many migratory and sedentary bird species. This initiative is under the auspices of, and in collaboration with the Doñana Biological Station, and the IUCN Stork Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group. The aim of the workshop is promoting the creation of a research network on the Glossy ibis, one of the most cosmopolitan but also least studied landbird species in the world. Please see the short document below where the aim of the workshop and network are explained in more detail. This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  4. We are calling on you to join the Scientists’ Letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation urging the United States government to maintain existing marine protections for U.S. waters. The Committee on Commerce will hold a hearing on marine protected areas in the first half of May. We have a brief window of opportunity to generate support for marine protected areas and we need your signature advocating for the utility of strongly protected marine reserves. Please consider adding your name to this letter, https://marine-conservation.org/scientists-mpa-letter-2017/ You may be aware that the Trump Administration issued two executive orders last week to review and recommend changes to recent monuments and sanctuaries. These E.O.s are clearly aimed at opening up previously protected areas to commercial extraction: oil and gas, mining, and/or fishing. Our goal is to reach 1,000 signatures by the end of the first week of May, but we need your help. Please share this letter with your marine your scientists colleagues and ask them to join our call to U.S. decision-makers. DETAILS of the EXECUTIVE ORDERS The first executive order asks the Department of Interior to review all land and marine monuments established since 1996 to make sure they: are the minimum area sufficient to protect the intended resources; have properly balanced multiple uses, including resource extraction; and have very strong public support.The second executive order starts the process of opening up vast areas of the Arctic ocean and Atlantic seaboard that had been placed off limits to offshore drilling by President Obama and orders that any marine sanctuaries created or expanded in the last ten years be reviewed. Text of Letter: Honorable Chairman Dan Sullivan, Honorable Ranking Member Gary Peters, Members of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard and all Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation: Marine life and the essential ecological services that oceans provide are increasingly threatened by a variety of human activities. Marine scientists recognize the important role that strongly-protected marine reserves play in conserving marine life and benefiting fish populations. In 2001, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis outlined the striking ecological benefits for marine life within and outside of strongly-protected reserves and the effects of ecological networks in its “Scientific Consensus Statement on Marine Reserves and Marine Protected Areas” (Appendix 1). Since then, extensive scientific literature has provided additional compelling evidence that strongly-protected marine reserves are powerful ways of conserving biodiversity. In addition, strongly-protected reserves can create jobs and bring in new economic revenue through ecotourism and enhancement of local fisheries through spillover beyond reserve boundaries. Finally, strongly-protected reserves provide resilience against the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification. Whereas the unprotected ocean is like a debit account where everybody withdraws and nobody deposits, marine reserves are like savings accounts that produce interest we can live off. In light of the growing impacts that humans are having on our marine ecosystems and the fisheries they support, we, the undersigned scientists, call on the United States government to maintain existing ocean protections and to increase protections for diverse habitats across all biogeographic regions of U.S. ocean waters. Strongly-protected reserves will help provide the resilience needed to ensure the continued health and productivity of America’s oceans. Sincerely, Enric Sala, PhD National Geographic Society Sylvia Earle, PhD Mission Blue and National Geographic Society Paul Dayton, PhD University of California San Diego Oran Young, PhD Bren School University of California Santa Barbara Daniel Pauly, PhD University of British Columbia Steve Murray, PhD California State University Fullerton Ellen K. Pikitch, PhD Stony Brook University Callum Roberts, PhD University of York Elliott Norse, PhD Marine Conservation Institute Rashid Sumaila, PhD University of British Columbia Carl Safina, PhD The Safina Center (formerly Blue Ocean Institute) Stuart Pimm, PhD Duke University . . . …and many others! Click here to add your voice to the letter This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  5. This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  6. There can be little doubt that the most significant awards of Dr. Luc Hoffmann’s long life were not medals and titles, but are to be found in his appreciation of the successes of his conservation engagements on behalf of waterbirds, wetlands, and coastal environments, his support of individual accomplishment, his promulgation of wise use to provide a sustainable future for both man and nature, his creating durable conservation structures, and, especially, his family, who will carry on his work in conservation, business, arts, and culture. And among the many beneficiaries of Luc Hoffmann’s legacy are the world’s waterbirds. Read more here: In Memoriam : Dr Luc Hoffman This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  7. The Society remembers Luc Hoffmann as “a visionary and gifted person who built a world class biological station that many biologists benefited from over many years.” Dr. Hoffmann was the 1994 recipient of our Kai-Curry-Lindhal award for lifetime achievement involving waterbirds. Read more here: http://luchoffmanninstitute.org/about/about-dr-luc-hoffmann/ This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  8. The Waterbird Society is a professional community that respects diversity and promotes inclusion. After much deliberation, The Waterbird Society Council has decided to hold our 40th Anniversary Meeting as planned in New Bern, North Carolina. At this late date we cannot practically move our meeting location without a large financial cost to our relatively small society. The Council has endorsed a motion to increase travel funding to our annual meeting to offset losses that may incur as a result of State and City travel bans [https://waterbirds.org/awards/student-travel-awards].We are also exploring other options such as extending early registration and abstract submission deadlines, ride-sharing, and room sharing that may allow participants who do not get funded to travel to attend the meeting. Finally, we hope that the law known as HB2 will face several legal challenges that will be successfully resolved in time for our September meeting. The Waterbird Council has undertaken a number of new actions that will help to reinforce our Society’s culture of inclusion and diversity. First, the Council has endorsed a new Committee on Diversity. [For interest in joining this new Committee, please contact Liz Craig: elizabethccraig@gmail.com]. Second, alongside our scientific program and other waterbird-focused activities, we have also planned an evening panel discussion and reception to encourage meaningful conversation about human diversity and representation within the Waterbird Society. Finally, we have assurances from the city, meeting facilities’ managers and area hospitality partners that all participants in the 2016 Waterbird Society Annual Meeting will be welcomed equally to the City of New Bern. We look forward to having you join us in September for a strong scientific program and these celebrations. This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  9. New legislation recently passed in North Carolina (House Bill 2) has raised some significant concerns about fair and equitable treatment of all people. The Waterbird Society is committed to building a professional community that respects diversity and promotes inclusion. We are currently in a ‘wait and see’ mode for determining how best to respond to this situation. We have not cancelled our annual meeting in New Bern, North Carolina scheduled for 20-23 September. Please check our web site for updates as we obtain more information about the State of North Carolina’s response to House Bill 2, especially its Special Session on April 25th, Monday. This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  10. ANNOUNCEMENT – The 40th Annual Meeting of the Waterbird Society. Call for ABSTRACTS and EARLY REGISTRATION. New Bern, North Carolina, 20-23 September 2016. The Waterbird Society will hold its 40th Annual Conference and General Meeting in New Bern, North Carolina, from 20-23 September 2016. Three full days of scientific sessions, symposia and workshops are planned including symposia on Herons of the World, Black Rails, Black Skimmers, and the Atlantic Marine Bird Conservation Cooperative and workshops on Herons of the World. Submit Abstracts: https://waterbirds.org/annual-meeting/abstract-submission/ Register: https://waterbirds.org/annual-meeting/registration/. Student Travel Awards https://waterbirds.org/awards/student-travel-awards/ Questions? Contact Clay Green (Chair, Scientific Program – claygreen@txstate.edu ) or Sara Schweitzer (Chair, Local Committee – sara.schweitzer@ncwildlife.org ). This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  11. In 2016, we will hold our 40th annual meeting in North Carolina, and will be hosting the first ever symposium and workshop on the Biology and Conservation of Herons of the World. We would like to bring in a limited number of selected authorities from Africa, Asia, and South America to represent topics and issues that we do not broadly discuss in North America and Europe. Unfortunately, most waterbird researchers in those areas cannot afford to travel to the U.S. without significant financial assistance. As a non-profit organization, we have a tight and limited budget, but we would very much appreciate the opportunity to bring these scientists and managers from other parts of the world to our meeting. We will be thankful for all donations! Note: In the U.S., such donations are tax deductible! For questions or information regarding the symposium, contact Chip Weseloh at Chip.weseloh@ec.gc.ca. GoFundMe campaignIf you wish to donate, please visit the GoFundMe campaign to provide support to this important project. Donate Now! This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  12. Call for SYMPOSIA, WORKSHOPS, and notice of Meeting. New Bern, North Carolina, 20-23 September 2016. The Waterbird Society will hold its 40th Annual Conference and General Meeting in New Bern, North Carolina, from 20-23 September 2016. This announcement is a call for anyone who would like to propose a Symposium or Workshop for this meeting. If you are interested, please contact Clay Green by 1 February 2016. A symposium may be a full day (~14 presentations) or half day (7 presentations). Likewise, workshops can be a full day, half day, or a couple of hours. At present, we have accepted a proposal for a Symposium and Workshop on the Biology and Conservation of Herons of the World. Because the Waterbird Society is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016, we are planning a celebration of the first 40 years of the Society, complete with displays of the Society’s early formative days, so please make plans to join us in New Bern. Meeting information, including details on the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, field trips, accommodations, and special events will be posted on the Waterbird Society web site (http://www.waterbirds.org/) in November 2015. Daily early morning and evening birding trips will be offered, as well as longer field trips on 24 and 25 September. Historical New Bern, a city of approximately 30,000 people, is located at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse rivers as they flow into the Pamlico Sound, bordered by the Outer Banks chain of barrier islands; it is a water wonderland! We look forward to seeing you in New Bern in 2016. This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  13. The Waterbird Society will hold its 40th Annual Conference and General Meeting in New Bern, North Carolina, from 20-23 September 2016. This announcement is a call for anyone who would like to propose a Symposium or Workshop for this meeting. A symposium may be a full day (~14 presentations) or half day (7 presentations). Likewise, workshops can be a full day, half day, or a couple of hours. At present, we have accepted a proposal for a Symposium and Workshop on the Biology and Conservation of Herons of the World. Call for Symposia and WorkshopsContact: Clay Green, Waterbird Society Secretary Email: claygreen@txstate.edu Deadline: 1 February 2016 This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  14. The current version of the Scientific Program for the Bar Harbor meeting can be found here: DraftProgram07122015. Check back as it will be updated. This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  15. Suggested text for people to write to their senators about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the attempt by the current congress to block its enforcement. Dear Senator: Please vote against the appropriations bill for Commerce Justice and Related Agencies unless the rider that blocks enforcement of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (Amdt 347) is removed from the bill. The MBTA is one of our most important wildlife protection laws and this rider would allow people to kill wild birds without any penalty whatsoever. Our wild bird populations are already under great pressure and many are in severe decline. Please do not block the USFWS from enforcing this important law that protects our wild bird populations. This announcement was originally posted on the Waterbird Society's website. View the full announcement.
  • Create New...