Assembly Bill 2617 would clarify the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s role in protecting and preserving migratory nongame birds in California and allow the Department of Fish and Game to adopt guidelines to assist project proponents and commercial operators in obtaining take authorization. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act is one of the nation’s oldest environmental laws that protects migratory birds in North America. In December 2017, a new legal opinion was issued stating that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act would not be enforced for the killing of birds that occurred during otherwise lawful activities. Assembly Bill 2627 will clarify that the state may issue guidelines that are more protective of migratory birds than the rules or policies currently set forth by the Department of the Interior, thereby ensuring the continued protection of migratory birds.

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