Celebrating 100 Years of Bird Conservation


Birds connect people to nature. They add beauty, sound and color to our world. They provide ecological, economic, aesthetic and recreational benefits to humans and the natural environment. They provide countless opportunities for enjoyment by birders, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts and have cultural and spiritual importance. In addition, birds play a key role in the U.S. economy, supporting recreational opportunities that create jobs and generate billions of dollars in revenue.

This year, 2016, marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty, which adopted a uniform system of protection for nearly all migratory bird species that inhabit, and often migrate between, the United States and Canada. That treaty with Great Britain and the three that followed—with Japan, Russia and Mexico—form the cornerstones of Joint Venture efforts to conserve migratory birds.

Celebrating the centennial of the first treaty allows us to bring together those who have contributed to its success, and to galvanize efforts to protect migratory birds for generations to come.

Here are a few ways you can get involved:

Nestbox: This is a toolkit of resources from Centennial messaging to social media links to key documents.

Events: Find events taking place in your area with this interactive map.

Video: Watch and share the Migratory Birds: A Brief Conservation History video.