2018 – The Year of the Bird

Take the Pledge


As if right on cue, the NAAS Board adopted a conservation and advocacy policy in its first Board meeting of 2018.  Turns out we were quite in sync with some very big outfits who are guiding the way this year by also promoting:

  • conservation and advocacy
  • partnering and educating.

Our themes are so timely, it’s spooky!  This lets us know that we are on the right track.

2018 has been declared “The Year of the Bird” by over 100 organizations; including National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Geographic, BirdLife International, and more, who are partnering to protect birds. This huge alliance lends hope and clout to important issues facing birds.

Why 2018?  It’s the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA):

Many of the 1,027 species of birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act are experiencing population declines due to increased threats across the landscape.  Of those 1,027 species, 92 bird species are listed as either threatened or endangered under the  U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The NAAS 2018 policy is looking toward the next step in conservation by expanding our Joint Venture partnerships with our local Sanctuaries to include post-graduate students research. Right now, we are educating you about “The Year of the Bird.” You can take the pledge without giving hours of time, mountains of money, your first-born, or living in a shack in the cold on a precipice while counting birds (unless, of course, you want to)! 

By taking the Pledge, you can agree to take “… a simple but meaningful action for birds each month.” Once you sign the pledge, the campaign will prompt you with easy steps to a bird-friendlier home, suggestions for how to turn a child into a lover of nature, etc.

The goal of The Year of the Bird is, “To inspire people around the world to commit to protecting birds for today and for the next one hundred years.

The hope of the committee is that by suggesting you take this pledge, we are offering a coherent, succinct, one-stop shop spot where you can advocate for something you are passionate about – birds!

THANKS to Phyllis Kegley for column title “Conservation Conversation”.


The Conservation Committee

Brent Bitz, Amy Zimmermann & Kay Hawklee

P.S. Stay posted for monthly updates on the pledge.

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