Photo by Jerald Reb

Photo by Jerald Reb

NABCI’s Legislative and Policy Subcommittee was reactivated in 2017 to help NABCI inform and support effective policy to advance bird conservation.  In particular, this Subcommittee works to facilitate coordinated communication with government leadership about highest-priority programs, initiatives, and needs of bird conservation. In 2017 and 2018, the Legislative and Policy Subcommittee will focus on compiling or developing messaging demonstrating the importance of key bird conservation programs, such as the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA), State Wildlife Grants, the Farm Bill, and Joint Ventures.

In April 2016, NABCI released national-level messaging for five priority programs: for each program, we provide an overview of its importance for bird conservation, and our “5 Programs Overview Messaging” document demonstrates how these five programs combined support national-level, all-bird conservation.  These fact sheets will be updated annually.  Currently, NABCI is also working on a State of the Birds report focused on how Farm Bill programs support bird conservation.

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Membership

Interim Chair:  Keith Norris, The Wildlife Society

Membership: Greg Butcher, US Forest Service; Jennifer Cipoletti, American Bird Conservancy; Judith Scarl, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies/NABCI; David Whitehurst, VA Fish and Game/Partners in Flight; EJ Williams, American Bird Conservancy