Do you look forward to seeing certain birds return each spring? More than half of America's breeding birds are known as "neotropical migrants" — those that breed in North America and spend the winter months in Latin America and the Caribbean.
But unless we act now, it may be too late for many of these bird species, as their numbers drastically decline. For example, there are 50% fewer Wood Thrushes than 45 years ago and 80% fewer Red Knots* than just 25 years ago.
A highly-effective conservation program—the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act—has helped improve and conserve more than three million acres of vital bird habitat throughout the Americas and benefited many millions of migratory birds. With a long history of bipartisan support, the Act has provided resources for conservation efforts including scientific monitoring, habitat restoration and protection, and community projects that replace the practice of clearcutting forests with sustainable ecotourism. But, many essential conservation projects remain unfunded. Unless Congress hears from you, this small but mighty program will not get the resources it needs.
Please e-mail your U.S. Representative and Senators today. Tell them how important it is to help America's birds, and ask for their support of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act.
Noted and forwarded. Thank you Betty.