The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) makes it illegal to "pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, attempt to take, capture or kill, possess, or [use for commercial purposes]" any migratory bird in the U.S. with authorization from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
There is a historical and ongoing debate at the federal level as to whether or not incidental take (which are those impacts that occur as a result of an otherwise lawful activity) is prohibited under the MBTA. Do you like rollercoasters? Have we got one for you:
Whether you’re laying new infrastructure, laying out new commercial real estate, or building a new cell tower, identifying endangered and protected species is a key consideration in site selection.
Here are some ways you can identify bald eagles and migratory birds near you or near your project:
Environmental due diligence is an enormous important factor in site selection and construction. The fines and repercussions of adversely impacting bald and golden eagles or migratory birds as a result of project development are as follows:
Transect’s environmental due diligence software evaluates your site and, using up-to-date data and species profiles for more than 600,000 locations, provides you with a comprehensive list of species and profiles to consider.
And that’s not all. Your report will also include any active regulations, required permitting, and specific recommendations for any known bald eagles or migratory birds on your site.
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