American Birding Podcast



Open Mic: An Open Letter to Everyone Who Loves Birds

At the Mic: George Fenwick, American Birding Conservancy President

If you care about birds—regardless of your political affiliation—you are probably wondering about the impact that recent political changes could have on bird conservation. We’re nonpartisan here at American Bird Conservancy, but we’re certainly concerned about changes that have been proposed already, such as a rollback of the Endangered Species Act, a reduction in the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate pesticides, and the possibility of expanded development on public lands important to birds.

As always, ABC, alongside like-minded friends and partners like the American Birding Association, will stand up for birds and work to fight these worst-case scenarios—to make sure that they don’t end up setting bird conservation back.

Please stand with us. Sign our #TogetherForBirds petition today!

There are two different outcomes from the folk tale in which an acorn falls on Chicken Little’s head. In one, Chicken Little and his friends are fearful and despairing—the sky is falling! In those versions, they are all eaten by the fox. In the others, courage prevails, and the various outcomes are better.


As we enter an uncertain future, people have expressed to me emotions from anger and despair to discouragement and back again about the near-term future of conservation. But we know that the American people love wildlife; the large majority want environmental protection. We are not despairing and not backing down.

While the environmental community must defend our keystone laws such as the Endangered Species Act, we believe the best defense is a strong offense—one through which we champion stronger protections.

If government funding for refuge and park management and critical federal programs is threatened, you can count on us and our allies to push for increased funding, better regulations, and more habitat protection for wildlife. We’ll also seek common ground, wherever we can, to provide opportunities and incentives for bird conservation.

You might ask, what is the opportunity we see? It is that, finally, the time has come for all birders and conservationists to come together, united in support of better protections for birds and all wildlife.

We ask each of you to share this message and our Together for Birds petition with everyone you know. That’s right: we have the ability to change the course of conservation if only we come together and tell our government what we want for birds.

Stay strong.


George Fenwick is the President of the American Bird Conservancy, a non-profit organization that seeks to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.