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Contact(s): Meredith Penthorn, DNR communications specialist, 608-267-2948
February 9, 2016

MADISON -- Thanks to a significant treaty between nations one hundred years ago, the diverse birds that Wisconsinites watch, photograph and hunt are protected for current and future generations to enjoy.

On Aug. 16, 1916, the United States signed the Migratory Bird Treaty with Canada--the very first of its kind--to protect many migratory bird species from overconsumption. One hundred years later, such treaty agreements to protect and manage shared bird species continue to provide the foundation for bird conservation throughout the conservation community.

The Migratory Bird Treaty connects federal, state, private, non-government, tribal and international partners, who share a long, successful history of conserving, protecting and managing migratory bird populations and their habitats. Celebrating the centennial of the first treaty will bring together those who have contributed to its success, and will galvanize efforts to protect migratory birds for the generations to come.

Celebrating the centennial is as easy as spending time outside in search of birds, attending one of Wisconsin's bird-related events or teaching someone new about birds, birding or bird hunting. To learn more about Treaty impacts and how to participate in the centennial, visit, keyword "bird treaty."

To receive monthly conservation success stories about native Wisconsin birds that have benefitted from the Migratory Bird Treaty along with birding and bird conservation information, click on the email icon near the bottom of the DNR website,, entitled "subscribe for updates for DNR topics," then follow the prompts and select the "Birding and Bird Conservation" distribution list.

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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