Whooper swan. Hokkaido, Japan
“The future of birds, and us, are intertwined more than we know. We soar, or plummet, together.”—National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore
In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, National Geographic is launching the “Year of the Bird”, a 12-month storytelling project which will shed light on the vital role birds play in the future of our planet, and what we can do to protect them.
Here we share but a small sampling of the 10,000 or so species of birds alive in the world today.
THE YEAR OF THE BIRD
In 1918 Congress passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to protect birds from wanton killing. To celebrate the centennial, National Geographic is partnering with the National Audubon Society, BirdLife International, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to declare 2018 the Year of the Bird. Sign the pledge to find out this month's action and share your actions using #BirdYourWorld to increase your impact.