VICTORY! New Law Passed to Protect Migratory Birds in California!

VICTORY! New Law Passed to Protect Migratory Birds in California!

We are thrilled to welcome the news that the California Migratory Bird Protection Act (AB 454) has been signed into law by Governor Newsom! This law will protect countless individuals from thousands of species of migratory birds who travel to and from California’s wetlands and forests via the Pacific Flyway.

AB 454 was introduced by Assemblymember Ash Kalra and it will now effectively close a loophole in current state law which could be interpreted to defer the management of the state’s migratory birds to the federal government. 

The Trump administration is working to weaken the long-standing Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)—a federal bill that has protected migratory birds throughout the country for over 100 years—to allow the mass killing of protected bird species without consequence. With the administration's approval of offshore drilling off of the coast of California and other parts of the country, the incidental killing of over 1,000 species of migratory birds was all but certain.  

Past oil spills, such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, killed millions of birds and obliterated marine habitats. For this violation of the MBTA, BP Oil was fined $100 million. The intentional weakening of the MBTA by the federal government aims to eliminate these fines, therefore facilitating the destruction of habitats and the mass killing of migratory birds.

We delivered thousands of signatures from constituents in support of AB 454 to the California State Senate and Governor Gavin Newsom to urge decision-makers to protect migratory birds from Big Oil and other destructive industries. 

With the passing of this much-needed bill, California is authorized to manage and protect migratory nongame bird species, including their nests and eggs. These species include doves, ducks, eagles, finches, geese, gulls, hawks, hummingbirds, robins, sparrows, warblers, and many more.

Thank you to all of our supporters who made called and signed our letters to protect migratory birds in California! We couldn’t have done it without you!

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