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Bird conservation is a core American value, whether inspired by the powerful flight of a Bald Eagle or the charisma of a Blackburnian Warbler. This value is widely supported by citizens of all political persuasions. Now, we face a critical moment. The environment was not a major issue in the recent election, but decisions made by the incoming Congress could have far-reaching impacts for birds and their habitats.

That's why we need everyone who cares about birds to join together and sign this petition to protect cornerstone legislation and other top conservation priorities. This may be the single best opportunity ever for our community to stand together for birds. Please show your support for bird conservation and ensure that the progress we have made in recent decades is preserved.

As threats to wildlife conservation continue to grow, such as sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act, we’ve extended the deadline past Inauguration Day. We will present the collected signatures, now in the thousands, to government decision-makers on Earth Day 2017 (April 22). Sign now! 

(Photo credits, left to right: Bald Eagle by Greg and Jan Ritchie; Northern Cardinal by Bonnie Taylor Barry; Blackburnian Warbler by Paul Reeves Photography; Burrowing Owls by Tania Thomson, all from Shutterstock)

This petition is configured for U.S. citizens only. For those serving in the Armed Services or living overseas, please use your U.S. voting address.

To sign, please enter your information below. Those representing an organization that would like to sign-on should note that in the appropriate field below. We will present the collected signatures, now in the thousands, to government decision-makers on Earth Day 2017 (April 22). 


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Dear [Administration and Congress],

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, represent a broad cross-section of the bird conservation community. We aim to build a dialogue with the new Administration and Congress to promote the conservation of birds and their habitats, which are of fundamental value to the American people.

More than 60 million Americans care deeply about birds, and bird-related recreation contributes more than $36 billion to our economy. Birds also act as the "canary in the coal mine" for our environment and provide valuable benefits to society, from pollination to pest control. But birds are in trouble, with many declining in population or facing extinction.

We endorse the following priorities to ensure that birds and their habitats continue to be effectively conserved for the benefit of all Americans. We ask that you please support:

1. THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: Protect the Act that has helped recover our national bird, the Bald Eagle, and other species in trouble.

2. THE MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT: Safeguard the only law that exists to protect most American birds, and support the federal Duck Stamp, one of the nation's most successful conservation programs.

3. FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BIRDS: Maintain and grow essential sources of federal support for migratory bird conservation.

4. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Ensure that the EPA can continue its vital work to protect people and birds from dangerous pesticides and other toxics.

5. LAND MANAGEMENT FOR BIRDS AND PEOPLE: Ensure that public lands remain public, are properly managed for wildlife, and that recreational access is maintained.

We also acknowledge that many other national and state initiatives are of critical importance to birds, and that citizens and private enterprise can play vital roles in these conservation efforts.

Let's work together for birds!

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