2018 is the Year of the Bird!
2018 is the year has been declared the year of the bird !!
In a world that seems increasingly divided, one alliance stands above the rest - the partnership of Audubon, National Geographic, Bird Life International and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Together they are inviting the world to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).
The MBTA is a U.S. federal law that protects migratory birds even though it's a United States law, it was a major step in preventing the death of countless birds' lives when it was signed. In line with the zeitgeist of the early 20th century, the MBTA was signed after another major act of protection for the U.S. - the establishment of National Parks by Teddy Roosevelt. Fun fact: the National Park in Bundeena, just on the edge of Sydney was the world's second National Park and Australia's first.
Back to birds. As difficult as it is to imagine the consequences to the world today if the MBTA hadn't been passed, the Year of the Bird celebration is also a reminder to us of how much work is left to do to save birds who face new threats each year from pollution, development and even an attack on the MBTA itself.
Throughout the year Audubon has created actions for people to take each month to help continue progress in helping birds. This month it's the Great Backyard Bird Count from 16 - 19 February in the U.S. To read more about it:
Still available on newsstands, the cover of National Geographic announces the Year of the Bird and focuses much of the issue to the topic, a definite must read.
I found the article in National Geographic Why Birds Matter, And Are Worth Protecting especially moving as I'm often asked why I love birds so much or why they're so important. Unlike Itty-Bitty (above) who barks at birds, you can read the article online here:
I know the whole thing is U.S. focused, but a win for birds anywhere is a win for birds in Australia. More so than any other species on the planet, birds transcend borders through flight that takes them all over the world. They know no political divides and hold no passports. They are citizens of the world and it will take the collective efforts of many people, many countries and many hearts to help them thrive in this ever changing world.
To read more about the year of the bird you can click on any of the links below:
Year of the Bird - from all of us at Sydney Bird <3 and salute you from Down Under!