The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) was passed in 1918 to combat hunting and poaching that created a huge demand for feathers to decorate women`s hats. State-level hunting laws have not worked and bird populations have been decimated. Initially, the act was based on a single 1916 treaty between the United States and Great Britain (on behalf of Canada) for the protection of migratory birds. Subsequently, similar contracts were signed with Japan, Russia and Mexico and the protection of birds covered by these treaties was added to the MBTA. The reversal has sparked widespread concern among former senior DOI officials from Republican and democratic governments, as well as in three Flyway Councils, several states, and hundreds of organizations. Audubon and more than 500 conservation groups and other organizations from all 50 states have come together to push Congress to defend the nation`s most important bird protection law in the United States. Join us as we work to protect birds now and for the future….