Our board member Tom Lovejoy, the renowned biologist and “godfather” of biodiversity, once said “If you take care of birds, you take care of most of the environmental problems in the world.”

2018 marks the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. Our longtime supporter Jonathan Franzen wrote this touching article on National Geographic on why we should care about birds.

“If you could see every bird in the world, you’d see the whole world,” Jonathan writes. There are thousands of bird species, each with their unique behaviors and appearances who play a vital role in the environment, pollinating plants, dispersing seeds, controlling insects, and removing rotting flesh. “The future of birds, and us, are intertwined more than we know,” writes photographer Joel Sartore in Birds of the Photo Ark. “We soar, or plummet, together.”

You too can protect birds and their habitats by supporting our conservation efforts at Amazon Conservation! Make a difference for birds everywhere.