Migratory Birds

Help Breeding Birds & Nestlings Veg Out

Consider how backyard activities impact birds

An eider and phalarope fly over the tundra.
📷 Peter Pearsall
A group of birders observes the shore.
Like birds, bird enthusiasts come in all shapes and sizes. 📷 Lisa Hupp, USFWS

Policy 101: The Migratory Bird Treaty Act

The United States has been prioritizing bird conservation since as early as 1918, with the establishment of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). It aims to keep our bird populations healthy. The MBTA forbids the “take” (hunting, shooting, harming, capturing, etc.) of migratory birds and their nests, unless permitted by regulations.

🎵 Let’s talk about… breeding, baby 🎵

Birds are most vulnerable to human impacts during the breeding and nesting season. You might not realize it, but a lot of everyday activities could affect birds, such as:

  • 🔥 Burning piles of vegetation or prescribed burns
  • 🎤 Making loud noises
  • 🚚 Mowing, driving over vegetation, and disturbing the ground
A yellow warbler looks out from its nest in a tree
A yellow warbler nesting in a tree. 📷 Kristine Sowl, USFWS
A cackling goose nest with freshly hatched chicks.
Ground nesting birds, like these cackling geese. 📷 Ken Russell and Laurel Devaney
A female emperor goose sits on a nest with eggs in it.
A female emperor goose on her nest. 📷 AGB/USFWS
  • Southcentral and Interior Alaska: May 1-July 15
  • Seward Peninsula: May 1-July 20
  • Northern Alaska June 1-July 30
Is that chick lost? Learn more at our FAQ page, linked below. 📷 Kristine Sowl/USFWS

Simple Steps to Protect Birds

We work to address impacts to birds at local, regional, and national levels. Feeling motivated to protect birds too? Take these steps:

This buff-breasted sandpiper thanks you. 📷 Shiloh Schulte

And let’s not forget about those needy eagles… 🦅

A gold eagle perches in a tree with the word bubble stating “we have additional protections” above it’s head.
Thanks for the reminder, Mr. Eagle. 📷 Steve Hillebrand, USFWS



Stories from Alaska by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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