The Bird Conservation Alliance (BCA) held their annual meeting on 12 November 2008 at The Nature Conservancy Worldwide Offices in Arlington, Virginia. BCA is a network of organizations including the American Ornithologists' Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, many Audubon Society Chapters, and other groups working to promote bird conservation. The 2008 BCA meeting, "Bird Migration Matters; Building Support for Migratory Bird Conservation," focused attention on "The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA)." This law, passed by Congress in 2000 (Public Law 106-247), provides grant dollars for projects that conserve, monitor, or provide education programs for migratory birds and their habitats. Many funded proposals have components both in the United States and Latin America or the Caribbean where many US birds winter. However, the original legislation has expired and House and Senate legislative proposals (H.R.5756 and S. 3490) to reauthorize the program are pending. Groups are now pressing Congress to reauthorize these conservation grant programs. Additionally, the BCA is advocating for increased funding; from the current $5 million to $20 million in 2015.

 


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