Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial

August 16, 2016
Rachelle Roake
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Celebrating 100 years of international migratory bird conservation!

Following near extinction by the 1930’s, Trumpeter Swan populations have made a drastic recovery in Michigan and across the continent. Photo by Michigan Audubon

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The signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty on August 16, 1916 marked the beginning of a unified, international effort to manage and conserve migratory birds across the U.S. and Canada. The Migratory Bird Treaty, and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that followed in 1918, are responsible for the recoveries of several treasured bird species that were near the brink: Kirtland’s Warbler, Bald Eagle, and Trumpeter Swan, just for starters. Read more about this historic treaty or explore an interactive timeline of Bird Conservation History.

Although threats to birds have changed since that time, the migratory birds that we know and love still face difficult challenges. Habitats are disappearing and declining in quality, climates are shifting, invasive species are threatening, and people young and old are losing touch with the natural world. How can you help? Pledge to make a change for birds.

There are many ways we can contribute:
Young girl looking at Monarch caterpillar. Photo by Brett Billings/USFWS

Young girl looking at Monarch caterpillar. Photo by Brett Billings/USFWS

It is up to us to continue the great work of the Migratory Bird Treaty for another 100 years. By making a change for birds, you are contributing to a brighter future for birds and people alike.