In 1918, the U.S. Congress passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which codified a treaty already signed with Canada (then part of Great Britain) in response to the extinction or near-extinction of a number of bird species, many of which were hunted either for sport or for their feathers. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which protects more than 1,025 species, made it illegal to hunt, capture, or sell migratory birds or their parts.
One hundred years later, National Geographic, National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdLife International, and more than100 other organizations are honoring the anniversary of this powerful act of wildlife protection by celebrating 2018 as the “Year of the Bird.” Throughout the year, there have been conservation efforts, scientific research, and a series of articles in National Geographic. Beginning in January with a review of “Why Birds Matter,” the magazine has covered topics as varied as the intelligence of birds and the potential of birds to predict earthquakes.
Craig Gibson will talk about the “Year of the Bird” and why birds matter, highlighting our local Massachusetts birds as well as their breeding and migratory habits.
Friday, September 14 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Lillie Auditorium 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543