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Protected Birds in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma is the home to many species of imperiled birds.  Humans and birds occupy the same rural and urban territory. But sometimes they can create problems for each other. Whether a woodpecker has begun to drill the holes in the building and swift has taken the residence in the small holes in the houses or other buildings. It is necessary to consider the potential complications when we are attempting to stop the bird issues in the wildlife or the residential areas as well. People are more concerned about their lives these days and never pays attention to saving the birds and animals. In Oklahoma and all around the world people just use the birds and animals for eating and take care accordingly. The rest of the animals are left alone.

Common protected birds:

Many people think of protected birds as rare, like the American eagle called (American bald eagle), or the blue-footed booby. Many people have realized that federally protected species are becoming extinct in Oklahoma.  If you want to find out the detailed history or the documentary on the wild birds that it can be found on U.S. fish and wildlife website. But some general birds are legally protected by the government or different organizations.

  • Shorebirds
  • Gulls
  • Wading birds
  • Birds of prey
  • Songbirds
  • Gees
  • Ducks

This is the list of the protected animals. A licensed professional rehabilitator or rescue will be able to provide legal solutions to every bird’s problem.

Migratory birds are protected by law:

The birds we have mentioned above are the birds who stay and reproduce their generations but now except them, all other birds are classified as migratory birds. These all migratory birds are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. This treaty was very limited before but now it includes Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom, United States, and Russia. Listed birds and their parts, eggs, nests, and the environment are protected by the federal government. If someone wants to protect these birds then he should be having a special permit or follow certain regulations. Nobody is allowed to do any of the following to the local migratory birds.

  • Nobody can capture, purse, hunt, or kill the birds
  • Nobody is allowed to sell the migratory birds
  • Nobody can purchase these birds or can barter
  • No one is allowed to transport, export, or deliver the birds from one place to another.
  • No one can receive or import the birds

Legal consequences of handling the Migratory Birds in Oklahoma:

When you are dealing with a difficult bird, then research the law about the specific bird. These laws might restrict or penalize the action requires for the treatment. You can not only be charged criminal as result but, when you will capture, remove or harm any bird for a long time, that can cause long-term devastation for you. In some instances when the landowners feel that birds are causing health risks for them then they can get a permit for their removal. In other ways, professional pest control or, wildlife rehabilitators can provide us the ways to remove the birds without any harm. So without putting your involvement you can just simply call the pest control and ask them for their help regarding the removal of the birds.

Private activities requiring permits:

So in the law selling, purchasing, receiving, delivering, or transporting an endangered or threatened species is prohibited without a legal permit from the federal government whether it is alive or dead. Activities that might result in protecting the birds must abide by a habitat Conservation plan (HCP) which observes that how to minimize the impacts on endangered species in Oklahoma.

The regional office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) takes the permits. Those people who apply for that must submit the habitat conservation plan to the proper state authority. They should make sure that the impacts on the species and their habitat will be minimum. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife is has been seen that nearly half of threatened species have 80 percent of their habitat on private lands. It means that private landowners, businesses, citizens, and organizations must cooperate with the governments to protect these birds.

Petitioning to list a species:

Common citizens or groups may petition the federal government to list a species as threatened or endangered. The whole process involves the following steps,

  • The petition must be submitted on the information of distribution, biology, and threats to the species. In response, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) and the national oceanic atmosphere must respond within 90 days.
  • In one year of receiving the petition, the agencies must publish the results on whether the particular species is endangered or not.
  • If the agencies don’t respond then citizens and groups are allowed under the endangered species act to seal the agencies to enforce and find out the results so that species or birds can get federal protection.
  • When the species is registered then the government must review the status after every 5 years.

So in Oklahoma, there are many endangered species and many citizens filed petitions to list these birds as endangered species so that they can be protected. In Oklahoma, there are legal laws that every citizen and organization must follow. In this way birds are protected but there is more need to work on the implementation of the laws and acts. People are aware of the laws and acts but they don’t act accordingly. Federal government and citizen must cooperate with each other to save these endangered species.

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