President's Budget Threatens Bird Conservation and Public Lands

American Bird Conservancy Statement on Proposed 2018 Budget

Contact: Jennifer Howard, Director of Public Relations, 202-888-7472, or Steve Holmer, Vice President of Policy, 202-888-7490.

(Washington, D.C., March 16, 2017) President Trump's proposed 2018 budget would gut major programs and protections for birds and for America's public lands, and put decades of conservation work at risk. American Bird Conservancy urges all Americans who care about our nation's wildlife and natural resources to tell Congress that such extreme cuts will not fly.

The Southwestern subspecies of Willow Flycatcher benefits from conservation programs at risk under the proposed budget. Willow Flycatcher photo by Bill Hubick.

“The drastic level of cuts being proposed will mean much less on-the-ground conservation at a time when one-third of migratory bird species are in decline,” said Steve Holmer, American Bird Conservancy's Vice President of Policy. “We know that conservation works, and that birds are hugely popular with the American people. We're hopeful that when lawmakers hear from their constituents, these proposed cuts will be shelved.”

Three agencies essential to protecting birds and habitats would be among the hardest hit:

ABC is currently collecting signatures for a petition that will be sent to Congress, asking that it make conservation funding a priority.


American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With an emphasis on achieving results and working in partnership, we take on the greatest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on rapid advancements in science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.




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