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The Trump administration on Tuesday finalised changes that weaken the government’s enforcement powers under a century-old Migratory Bird Treaty Act. If industry actions (or inactions) result in unintentional bird deaths there will be no enforcement.

Federal wildlife officials have acknowledged the move could result in more deaths of birds that land in oil pits or collide with power lines or other structures. Industry sources kill an estimated 450 million to 1.1 billion birds annually, out of an overall 7.2 billion birds in North America, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and recent studies. Many companies have sought to reduce bird deaths in recent decades by working in cooperation with wildlife officials, but the incentive to participate in such efforts drops absent the threat of criminal liability.

Many of the 1,027 species of birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act are experiencing population declines due to increased threats across the landscape. Of those 1,027 species, 92 bird species are listed as either threatened or endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. An additional 274 species are listed as Birds of Conservation Concern.
American Darter (Anhinga anhinga) portrait, Everglades National Park, Florida  -  Jim Brandenburg
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00001364 American Darter (Anhinga anhinga) portrait, Everglades National Park, Florida© Jim Brandenburg
Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii), Texas
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00575659 Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii), Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) male calling, British Columbia, Canada  -  Tim Zurowski/ BIA
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00547995 Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) male calling, British Columbia, Canada© Tim Zurowski/ BIA
American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) male in cherry tree blossoms, Nova Scotia, Canada  -  Scott Leslie
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00430036 American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) male in cherry tree blossoms, Nova Scotia, Canada© Scott Leslie
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus), Texas  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00547787 Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus), Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) flying, Texas
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00576066 Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) flying, Texas© Nate Chappell/ BIA
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) hunting, Alaska
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00575794 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) hunting, Alaska© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Great Egret (Ardea alba) flying, Sanibel Island, Florida
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00558629 Great Egret (Ardea alba) flying, Sanibel Island, Florida© Ingo Arndt
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) male feeding on nectar from flower, Texas  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00526832 Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) male feeding on nectar from flower, Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) in marsh, Venezuela  -  Otto Plantema/ Buiten-beeld
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70049862 Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber) in marsh, Venezuela© Otto Plantema/ Buiten-beeld
Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) parent and owlet at burrow, Montana  -  Donald M. Jones
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00545825 Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) parent and owlet at burrow, Montana© Donald M. Jones
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) in breeding plumage, Skomer Island National Nature Reserve, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom  -  Sebastian Kennerknecht
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00543022 Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) in breeding plumage, Skomer Island National Nature Reserve, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) flying, central Wyoming  -  Donald M. Jones
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00428571 Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) flying, central Wyoming© Donald M. Jones
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) with chick, Massachusetts
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00560005 Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) with chick, Massachusetts© Michael Milicia/ BIA
Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) mother at nest cavity with begging chicks, Montana
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00642621 Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) mother at nest cavity with begging chicks, Montana© Donald M. Jones
Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) male, Texas  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00547634 Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) male, Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flying, Alaska  -  Michio Hoshino
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00109115 Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) flying, Alaska© Michio Hoshino
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) flying, Alaska  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00542686 Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) flying, Alaska© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) male, Texas  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00547746 Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) male, Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) male, Montana  -  Donald M. Jones
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00546067 Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) male, Montana© Donald M. Jones
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) male calling, Texas  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00547719 Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) male calling, Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), native to North America
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00593841 American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), native to North America© Steve Gettle
Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) female, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona  -  Tom Vezo
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00221587 Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) female, Santa Rita Mountains, Arizona© Tom Vezo
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) male perched on a branch, Texas  -  Tom Vezo
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00221097 Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) male perched on a branch, Texas© Tom Vezo
Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) male singing, Montana  -  Donald M. Jones
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00535541 Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) male singing, Montana© Donald M. Jones
Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea), Oregon  -  Glenn Bartley/ BIA
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00528900 Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea), Oregon© Glenn Bartley/ BIA
Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli), New Mexico  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00526949 Mountain Chickadee (Poecile gambeli), New Mexico© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) flying, Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00534054 Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) flying, Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris), Montana  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00542696 Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris), Montana© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis), Texas  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00547565 Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis), Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) male, Florida
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00576441 Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) male, Florida© Ron Bielefeld/ BIA
Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans) male, Arizona  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00547435 Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans) male, Arizona© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa), Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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00582606 Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa), Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming© Chase Dekker
Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus) fledgling, Alaska
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00643590 Boreal Owl (Aegolius funereus) fledgling, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) flying, Texas  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00547910 Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) flying, Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) drying its wings, North America  -  Tim Fitzharris
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00176605 Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) drying its wings, North America© Tim Fitzharris
Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) courtship dance, Midway Atoll, Hawaii  -  Tui De Roy
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00141328 Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) courtship dance, Midway Atoll, Hawaii© Tui De Roy
Green Heron (Butorides virescens), Arizona  -  E.J. Peiker/ BIA
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00525924 Green Heron (Butorides virescens), Arizona© E.J. Peiker/ BIA
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia), Texas  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00527135 Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia), Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri), Cordova, Alaska
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00558216 Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri), Cordova, Alaska© Donald M. Jones
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) pair in courtship dance, North Dakota
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00567771 Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis) pair in courtship dance, North Dakota© Steve Gettle
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) male flying, Lapeer State Game Area, Michigan  -  Steve Gettle
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00478573 Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) male flying, Lapeer State Game Area, Michigan© Steve Gettle
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