This video from the USA says about itself:
Naturalist Julie West leads trained volunteers who capture, band, and release migratory birds traveling through the Shaker Lakes Nature Center in suburban Cleveland on their journey to northern summer homes.
US House Republicans propose to eliminate migratory bird conservation act
July 25, 2011
The US House of Representatives has proposed an environmental spending bill that strips funds from many environmental agencies, including eliminating altogether the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. The vote has been denounced by House Democrats.
If made into law the bill would change the way Americans fund environmental protection. In addition to killing the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act—which is the nation’s only federal program aimed at migratory bird conservation—it would also open areas around the Grand Canyon to uranium mining, cut State Wildlife Grants by 64%, cut the North American Wetlands Conservation Act by 40%, and eliminate any new funding on listing or protecting habitat for US endangered species, essentially making the Endangered Species Act (ESA) unworkable.
“The bill is loaded with devastating funding cuts and anti-environmental provisions that will wreak havoc on our land, water, air, and wildlife,” says Darin Schroeder, Vice President of Conservation Advocacy for the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), adding that “birds will be particularly hard hit by this bill.”
The American Bird Conservancy has called this bill ‘one of the worst assaults on birds and other wildlife ever to come before Congress’ in a press release.
The bill would also makes it impossible for the government to limit pesticide use to protect endangered species.
“This Interior Appropriations bill represents an unprecedented departure from our nation’s decades-long bipartisan commitment to protecting our shared environment, magnificent natural resources, and our cherished cultural treasures,” Jim McGovern, a Democratic representative from Massachusetts, said as reported by The Hill.
However instead of changing laws to reflect the need for more local flexibility, Republicans are pursuing drastic cuts to make a number of environmental programs unviable in the long run.
“These programs are crucial to maintaining healthy and abundant bird populations throughout the United States, and have proven track records of success,” Schroeder of ABC said. “Congress should be highlighting these programs as models of successful government initiatives instead of eliminating and drastically reducing them.” He notes that the Endangered Species Act has led to the recovery of the whooping crane and America’s symbol, the bald eagle.
The bill would also make it impossible for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
President Obama has threatened to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.
July 2011. The U.S. House of Representatives is debating H.R. 2584, an environmental spending bill that is one of the worst assaults on birds and other wildlife ever to come before Congress, according to American Bird Conservancy (ABC), the nation’s leading bird conservation organization; here.
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