Fish and Wildlife Service Evaluates New Permit Program for Incidental Takes of Migratory Birds
22 May 2015Energy and Natural Resources Alert
The Fish and Wildlife Service is evaluating the development of an incidental take permitting program under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The MBTA is a statute of very broad reach, prohibiting the killing of some 1,027 species of birds in the United States. The proposed program would affect planned energy and infrastructure projects that could result in migratory bird deaths either directly, through bird collisions with man-made structures, or indirectly, by altering bird habitat.