Like all wildlife rehabilitators, Tri County Wildlife Care is subject to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This Act was first passed by Congress in 1918. The Act makes is unlawful without a waiver to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill or sell birds listed within the Act.
As rehabilitators, we pay for a permit to take in birds covered by the Act and feed and care for them until they can be released. It is unlawful in the United States to keep a migratory bird without this permit. Your donations help us pay for this permit so we may save as many birds as possible and return them to their homes to be wild and free. A world without birds would be a sad place. Their color and song enrich our day to day lives.
An amendment to a routine appropriations bill in the U.S. House of Representatives may prevent the Department of Justice from enforcing this law that saves so many birds' lives every year by allowing uncontrolled slaughter of our beautiful birds. For example, if the bill had been law during the BP oil spill where so much wildlife was destroyed, BP would not have been prosecuted for the loss of wildlife.
Though the House of Representatives has passed the bill, it still must pass the Senate and be signed by the President. There is still time to make a difference.
Write a letter to your Congressmen telling them about your love for birds. Here is a link (https://secure.audubon.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1939) to a sample letter. Please add your passionate comments to the end so they know that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is important to you and its enforcement is important to our country's birds.
If you would like to learn more about potential changes to this Act, you can find out more here (https://www.audubon.org/news/against-bird-killer-amendment?utm_source=engagement&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2015-06-25_email_wingspan).
PawsPartners.org is an alliance formed between A-PAL Humane Society of Amador County and Tri County Wildlife Care, the latter serving native wildlife in Amador, Calaveras, and Eastern San Joaquin Counties. Since inception we have added the Shelter Partners volunteer group, who support our local Animal Control organization, and Amador County Animal Response Team (ACART).