The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and other partners are holding a yearlong celebration of the Migratory Bird Treaty’s 100th anniversary throughout 2016.
This year marks the centennial of the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds, known as the Migratory Bird Treaty, signed Aug. 16, 1916.
“Migratory birds connect people with nature and add beauty, sound and color to our world. They provide countless opportunities for enjoyment and inspiration for birders, artists, engineers, inventors, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts, and they have cultural and spiritual importance”, explained Karen Cleveland, DNR all-bird biologist.
The 2016 Migratory Bird Treaty centennial celebration will include monthly featured bird stories sent to DNR Wildlife Viewing email subscribers; celebration events, including a weekend of bird-based programming at state parks and visitor centers in June; an education program, presented by DNR staff, for schools and conservation groups; and more.
To learn more about the Migratory Bird Treaty centennial, visit www.fws.gov/birds/MBTreaty100 and www.michigan.gov/dnr.
source: Michigan Department of Natural Resources