Migratory Bird ActChris Nally
The Migratory Bird Act of 1916 is a United States federal law. It was created by the Us Fish and Wildlife service. This law protects migratory birds between the United States and Great Britain. It makes it unlawful to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, or sell birds that are listed in this act which is over 800 species. If caught violating this law, it is considered a misdemeanor charge. Any one that violates the act and is guilty is subject to a fine of up to $2000 and or jail time up to two years. Authorized Department of Interior employees may without a warrant arrest a person violating the act in the employees view. Weapons or traps used to kill birds will be confiscated and the US Secretary will dispose of weapons. The only time that you may kill a bird that is protected in the Migratory Bird Act is during a hunting season for that bird, and you need a license to do so for that time period. This law was later revised in 1918 adding Mexico, japan, and the Soviet Union to this act. This makes it so that the birds are protected while migrating and reproducing .
These following pictures are just somw of the Birds that are protect under this act.
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The Us Fish and Wildlife Service is who inforces the act
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