In recognition of the importance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt signed a proclamation Dec. 11 celebrating 100 years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in the Year of the Bird.
2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act: one of the most powerful and important bird-protection laws ever passed. In honor of this milestone, the National Audubon Society, National Geographic, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and BirdLife International have joined forces with more than 150 other organizations and millions of people around the world to celebrate 2018 as the Year of the Bird.
The City of Green Bay’s Year of the Bird Proclamation describes the importance of Green Bay and its natural habitats to more than 320 bird species and to people for birdwatching and hunting. The Northeastern Wisconsin (NEW) Audubon Society drafted the proclamation in an attempt to raise awareness about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the beautiful birds that use Green Bay throughout the year.
“We are positively thrilled that Mayor Schmitt acknowledged the significance of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act by signing this proclamation,” said NEW Audubon President Erin Giese. “Green Bay provides critical natural habitats for a variety of birds, and thanks to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, birds are offered important protections to conserve them for future generations.”