The Success of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act

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Saving Migratory Birds: The Success of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act

6/9/08

What: A teleconference with Representatives Ron Kind and Wayne Gilchrest, and science and policy leaders from the conservation community, to discuss the proposed reauthorization of a successful conservation program, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) and American Bird Conservancy's new report - Saving Migratory Birds for Future Generations: The Success of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act.

Why: The report documents that at least 29 species of Neotropical migratory birds that breed in the United States and winter in Latin America and the Caribbean are in severe decline. The NMBCA has proven effective in stemming these declines and conserving migratory birds. Representatives Ron Kind and Wayne Gilchrest recently introduced legislation in the House, H.R. 5756, to reauthorize NMBCA at a significantly higher funding level to multiply the successes of this program.

When: 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, June 11.

Who: U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-WI)

U.S. Representative Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD)

Darin Schroeder, Executive Director of Conservation Advocacy, American Bird Conservancy

David Wilcove, Ph.D., University of Princeton (invited)

Sara Lara, Executive Director, Fundación ProAves

How: Please dial 866-551-3680 or 212-401-6760 and then enter 9753023#. An operator will facilitate a question and answer session after the speakers make a brief presentation.

Saving Migratory Birds for Future Generations: The Success of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act can be viewed at http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/act_songbirds.pdf.

A Bird News Network videocast featuring Reps. Kind and Gilchrest discussing the legislation is available at http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/video/bnn5_wmv.html

Media Contact:
Steve Holmer, American Bird Conservancy, 202-234-7181, ext. 216sholmer@abcbirds.org,
 


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