As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

1916 Migratory Bird Treaty: a centennial anniversary of progress

January 11, 2016 • U.S.

The rate of avian deaths from wind turbines continues to grow.

The USFWS estimates that 440,000 birds were killed by wind turbines in the US in 2009, and another 573,000 birds were killed in 2012.

“In 2013, the USFWS forecast that bird deaths from wind energy operations will exceed one million by 2030,” says a report by the William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review. “Bird deaths at wind energy projects impact many species that are protected by the MBTA.”

Credit: By Story Hinckley, Staff | The Christian Science Monitor | January 10, 2016 | ~~

The Migratory Bird Treaty will reach its centennial anniversary this year, leading many wildlife experts and organizations to reflect on its international success.

Signed in 1916 between the US and Great Britain (acting on behalf of Canada), the Migratory Bird Treaty is the first major US legislation that protects birds that migrate across international borders. The two countries agreed to stop hunting all insectivorous birds, such as bluebirds and hummingbirds, and to establish specific hunting seasons for game birds.

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