By Doug Leier on Dec 9, 2016 at 4:19 p.m.
As I write this, the first winter weather of 2016 means ducks and geese are on the move. Such a migration can create quite a spectacle—for hunters and others who just enjoy observing migrating waterfowl on the wing.
A hundred years ago, this annual migration of waterfowl and other birds wasn't nearly as spectacular as it is today, and that's part of the reason the U.S. and Canada developed the first Migratory Bird Treaty.
The October 2016 issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine, a publication of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, featured the centennial of this landmark agreement, and it reminded me of the importance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to what we enjoy today.
It's not just ducks and geese, either; many other shore and wading birds that either nest in or migrate through North Dakota were headed toward extinction a century ago because of unregulated harvest for feathers for women's hats.