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Pat Sziber

One of National Audubon's highest legislative priorities, the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act, S. 148, passed the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent in April. The legislation provides $8 million each year for fiscal years 2000 through 2002 to be used to protect bird habitat in the Caribbean and Latin America. The money provided is for matching grants to build partnerships with the business community, non-government organizations, and foreign nations. NAS Senior Vice President for Public Policy Dan Beard commended Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) "for his leadership in working to find solutions to protect winter habitat for migratory songbirds." It is hoped that the bill will be signed into law before the fall migration.

To coincide with Earth Day and the April 26 birthday of John James Audubon, National Audubon released a special series of state WatchLists. An accounting of birds in jeopardy, the WatchLists outline priority species in each of the lower 48 U.S. states. The state lists are accessible at Audubon Online, www.audubon.org. "The release of state WatchLists will help us help birds more effectively," said Audubon's Director of Science, Dr. Frank Gill. "State lists will serve as an early warning system for management agencies, non-government organizations, landowners and the general public. Designed to keep common birds common, state WatchLists chart a course for local conservation efforts, identifying species that will benefit from timely preventive action rather than costly, last-minute crisis management."

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