Act for Songbirds in the House
The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act is now up for
reauthorization in the Congress. You can help ensure it passes.
U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) is expected to introduce legislation to reauthorize the existing Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) to meet the growing needs of our migrants, many of which are in rapid decline.
NMBCA is the only federal U.S. grants program specifically dedicated to the conservation of our migrant birds that is available Americas-wide. It has a proven track-record of success, having supported 225 projects in 44 U.S. states/territories and 34 other countries since its inception in 2002. Advances in conservation for many species, such as the declining Cerulean Warbler, owe much to the NMBCA.
The reauthorization bill proposes a significant increase in maximum funding from $6 million to $20 million by 2015, meaning many of the worthwhile projects that cannot currently be funded will be able to be supported. This increase in the NMBCA is therefore crucial in helping achieve international bird conservation goals.
Please use the form below to tell your Representative how important you believe the NMBCA is, and encourage them to support the forthcoming Kind Bill.
The system is fully automated, so simply by filling in your full address below and clicking send, your message will be sent directly to your Congressperson. We have drafted a letter for you, but your personal comments will increase the impact of your email, so please consider making your own edits to the letter body and subject line below.
Thank you for your support in ensuring that the NMBCA reauthorization is passed.
Sincerely, Anne Law
Deputy Director of Conservation Advocacy
Photo: Painted Bunting by Peter LaTourette