September 4, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 146 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
IN RECOGNITION OF THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT'S CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 146
(Extensions of Remarks - September 04, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1195-E1196] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN RECOGNITION OF THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT'S CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY ______ HON. DEBBIE DINGELL of michigan in the house of representatives Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Mrs. DINGELL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the centennial anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). This Act has saved millions of migratory birds, protecting over one thousand species important to Americans and our natural world. Since being signed into law in 1918, the MBTA has played a pivotal role in animal welfare. Within my own state of Michigan and in the 12th district, birds contribute greatly to the environment of our region. Southeast Michigan even includes designated Important Bird Areas like the Detroit River and Western Lake Erie Basin, which are used extensively for migration by waterfowl such as Canvasbacks, Tundra Swans, and more. What's more, their presence also provides substantial economic benefits. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated that there are more than 2 million birders in Michigan, and throughout our nation there are over 45 million birders who collectively spend around $41 billion on birdwatching each year. And birds remain in serious need of protection. According to the 2016 State of the Birds Report, from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, more than one third of North American bird species are in need of urgent conservation action. Most of the U.S. species are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so this foundational law remains key to their conservation. 100 years after its implementation, it is critical that we ensure the MBTA's continued success. We owe our children and our grandchildren the joy of experiencing the rich bird [[Page E1196]] life in this great country. The Fish and Wildlife Service has long used reasonable discretion to apply the law to hazards including spills and oil waste pits, saving countless numbers of birds by incentivizing the adoption of simple practices that protect birds. We should build upon its success and find solutions that benefit birds and people. Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in celebrating this monumental anniversary. My hope is that we continue building on the legacy of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so that there are many more anniversaries to come. ____________________