April 23, 2009 in Newsroom
Wisconsin’s Second District
April 22, 2009
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On the eve of Earth Day, the House yesterday passed the Crane Conservation Act of 2009, authored by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation will help protect and preserve the world’s most endangered family of birds.
The Crane Conservation Act establishes a grant program to fund international and domestic crane conservation projects and encourages the Department of Interior to seek input from individuals and organizations actively involved in crane conservation, such as the International Crane Foundation in
The work done at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo has had an impact world-wide in preserving and protecting this magnificent animal species,” said Congresswoman Baldwin. “With federal support, we can expand that influence to inspire and instruct a new generation of conservationists at home and abroad. This is the Wisconsin Idea’ in action. I’m proud to author this important legislation and delighted to see swift passage this session of Congress. I hope the Senate takes the bill up quickly,”
In the House, Baldwin’s bill is cosponsored by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU), Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ron Kind (D-WI), James Oberstar (D-MN), Joe Sestak (D-PA) and Vic Snyder (D-AR).
In the Senate, a companion bill has been introduced by Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and cosponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Mike Crapo (R-ID), John Kerry (D-MA), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mel Martinez (R-FL), and Bill Nelson (D-FL).
With eleven of the world’s fifteen crane species at risk of extinction,
Wisconsin has played an important role in the conservation of the rarest crane, the North American Whooping Crane. Since 2001, led by the non-profit Operation Migration, young whooping cranes have migrated from
The 1,300-mile journey involves a cooperative effort between federal and state governments, landowners, volunteers, and non-governmental organizations. The reintroduced birds have come from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s
The Crane Conservation Act is supported by the International Crane Foundation, American Bird Conservancy, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Audubon Nature Institute, Defenders of Wildlife, National Wildlife Refuge Association, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Wildlife Fund, and fifteen other conservation organizations.
The bill passed the House of Representatives and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last year and was positioned to pass the Senate before stalling late in the last Congress.
Image by: Gary Gullett Photography, Bryon, IL.