The AOS joins the American Society of Mammalogists and the Society for Conservation Biology North America today in a sign-on letter in response to proposed changes to Regulations Guiding Implementation of the Endangered Species Act.
The ESA is under a damaging attack by lawmakers. Over the past decade, Congress has launched myriad attempts to undermine this important legislation and protection of biodiversity. The Trump administration has rolled out a series of proposals to weaken protections for endangered animals and plants.
What is at stake for birds? Many species could lose protection. Toxic pesticides could be exempt from environmental review. Regulations for interagency cooperation, listing species and designating critical habitat, and prohibitions to threatened species would be negatively affected.
Ultimately, if enacted into law, the proposed regulatory changes will severely diminish protections for endangered species, limit how critical habitat is chosen, and affect whether climate change can be considered a factor in determining protection. The result would ensure more species are lost to extinction.
Do you wish to use your voice on this issue? The comment period closes today, so now is the time to act. See the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s web page for more information.