Migratory Birds Regulations Modernized

Migratory Birds Regulations Modernized

Did you know? The Migratory Birds Regulations have been modernized. The new Migratory Birds Regulations, 2022 came into force on July 30, 2022.

The objective of the Migratory Birds Regulations is the conservation of migratory birds in Canada, including their eggs and nests. First implemented in 1918, the regulations were developed to address the over harvesting and unregulated commerce of migratory birds.

Previously, the Migratory Birds Regulations provided year-round protection for nests from being disturbed, destroyed or taken, anywhere in Canada where they were found, for as long the nest existed, for all 395 migratory bird species that are included in the Migratory Birds Convention Act.

Effective July 30th, 2022, under the Migratory Birds Regulations, 2022, it is now prohibited to damage, destroy, disturb, or remove migratory bird nests when they contain a live bird or viable egg. This includes the requirement to monitor Pileated Woodpecker cavities for 36 months to ensure a second cavity nester is not using the cavity, whether a viable egg is visible or not.

This supports conservation benefits, as the nests of most migratory birds only have conservation value when they are active (contain a bird or viable egg), and provides flexibility and predictability for stakeholders to manage their compliance requirements as they undertake activities on the landscape that may affect migratory bird nests.

The implementation of the Migratory Birds Regulations, 2022 is the first step in the modernization of the regulations and was necessary to better respond to the current challenges facing migratory birds. Future regulatory amendments are being planned, beginning with consulting with Canadians on proposed amendments to the eligibility for damage or danger permits

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