Migratory Birds Are International, So Should Our Regulations
by ABenRejeb on December 13, 2015 - 11:06pm
Migratory birds “[rely] on many different geographic locations throughout [their] annual cycle for food, rest and breeding” (par. 7). They require protection along each of these steps during their migration cycles. The issue discussed in “Few Migratory Birds Adequately Protected across Migration Cycle” is that not only this protection is not assured, it is not constant even if present. This is explained through the difference of environmental protection programs in different countries. The lack of international accord makes it that even the protection provided by most countries is almost useless because “The chain can be broken at any link” (par. 8). Protection can be provided by establishing new reserves and areas for their feeding and breeding. It is also protecting natural habitats like forests, and the route they take during seasonal migrations.
The article also mentions the fact that it is not only a developed countries’ problem. That even if Germany has protected areas for 98% of migratory species, 13% of those are protected outside of the country. That many Central American countries meet their target protection rate, and that it even surpasses rich countries’.
University of Queensland. "Few migratory birds adequately protected across migration cycle." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 December 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/12/151203150135.htm>.