Important Updates to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)
Westward’s Natural Resources department offers several biological services, including Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) compliance consulting. The MBTA prohibits the take, possession, importation, exportation, transportation, sale, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, of migratory birds, bird parts (e.g. feathers), nests, or eggs without a valid Federal permit. U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) is responsible for enforcing the MBTA and has proposed to revise the List of Migratory Birds protected under the MBTA. Based on new taxonomy and natural occurrence evidence, 66 species were added and seven species were removed from the list. These revisions also include changes to scientific and common names that incorporate updates published by the American Ornithological Society. USFWS will be accepting comments and information from concerned parties regarding this proposed rule until January 28, 2019. Give Westward’s Natural Resource team a call if you have questions or concerns regarding the MBTA as it applies to your project.