Help Revert Grassland Bird Declines
Since 1970, we have lost more than half of grassland birds in the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. once had vast prairies with abundant wildlife, but today what remains is largely a fragmented landscape that is quickly fading due to habitat loss.
Urgent action is needed to restore grasslands and reverse the loss of bird species that depend on them.
The North American Grasslands Conservation Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate this year, would help provide a coordinated strategy identifying priority conservation areas, as well as incentives for the protection of grassland ecosystems across North America.
Act Now: Tell your U.S. Senators to support the Grasslands Act to restore these critical ecosystems.
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The North American Grasslands Conservation Act (S.4639) was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate. We hope you will that you will support this legislation by becoming a sponsor and voting yes when it comes to the floor. The grasslands of North America once made up about half of our land area and were once home to vast numbers of birds. As you likely know, grasslands have been declining rapidly and several are almost gone. With the grasslands have gone the birds; we've lost 53% of the grassland birds since 1970.
Birds have long been a symbol of hope and measure of health. Think of how canaries were used to warn coalminers against foul air. Today America's wild grassland birds are warning us like their caged yellow cousins once did as they continue to decline at an alarming rate.
The Act promises to provide a means to work locally to reverse the declines of grassland birds. The planned system will provide voluntary incentives and assistance to restore grasslands. It will also work to incentivize existing actions that help to keep grasslands in grass and ranchers solvent. It is also designed to help our tribes and will deliver instantly on storing carbon in the soil.
Thank you in advance for cosponsoring the North American Grasslands Conservation Act.