Year of the Bird

2018 is the Year of the Bird! This is the centennial year of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 — the most powerful bird-protection law ever passed. This Act has saved millions, if not billions, of birds from over-exploitation by humans and was enacted during a time when the commercial trade of birds and bird feathers caused wild populations to decline dramatically. As a result of this Act, bird population have rebounded globally.

Today, birders worldwide can travel locally or abroad to see a wide variety of species. To help celebrate, organizations like the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW), National Geographic, and the Audubon Society have been hosting events, podcasts, and much more! In fact, NDOW recently released their Year of the Bird podcast that talks about how you can get more involved in birding through meetups, apps, or just by looking out your window. The opportunities are limitless!

Birders in Nevada are treated to a rich diversity of avian species ranging from the mountain bluebird to the yellow-billed cuckoo and more! Do you enjoy birding? Where do you like to go? What’s your favorite bird? Let us know!

Denise Peterson

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