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Subject:Fwd: BBA alert to MOU members
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Date:Tue, 1 Mar 2011 20:22:41 -0600
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The MOU is a partner in producing Minnesota’s first Breeding Bird Atlas 
(BBA), which involves a systematic survey of the breeding birds of 
virtually all regions of every single county in Minnesota. The BBA will be 
a valuable tool for natural resource managers and conservationists as they 
work to maintain bird populations at healthy levels.

Much of the funding for the project is coming from the Environmental Trust 
Fund. However, a change in some members of the committee that recommends 
which projects to fund has put this funding at risk. Please read the 
Action Alert below and email or call the House and Senate 
Environment chairs and/or your legislators this week to express your 
support for the BBA.

Thanks.
Ann Kessen
MOU President

Breeding Bird Atlas Action Alert

Minnesota’s Breeding Bird Atlas Project risks grinding to a halt! Please 
write to legislators to urge them to fund the Breeding Bird Atlas with the 
Environmental Trust Fund (Lottery money). Let them know that you value and 
support the BBA and highlight your involvement with it.

Please write: 
Representative McNamara (rep.denny.mcnamara@house.mn, 651-296-3135), 
Senator Ingebrigtsen (sen.bill.ingebrigtsen@senate.mn, 651-297-8063, 
your State Representative, and your State Senator 
(http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/ - this is the link from which 
you find your own Representative and Senator).

Feel free to use or modify this wording:

“I am writing to you to express my strong support for the third and final 
phase of funding for the Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas, from the 
Environmental Trust Fund. This volunteer-driven project engages more than 
600 citizens who fan out across our state every Spring and Summer to 
document breeding birds.

Minnesota trails all the other states in the Mississippi River Flyway who 
have completed their Breeding Bird Atlas and use it to effectively target 
on-the-ground conservation actions. More than $600,000 from the 
Environmental Trust Fund has already been committed to this six year 
effort. A final investment of $330,000 is necessary to conclude the project 
over the next three years.

Please appropriate $330,000 from the Environmental Trust Fund to complete 
this vital bird conservation initiative.

Sincerely,
                          


Thank you for taking action to support volunteer-led bird conservation in 
Minnesota. Please forward this alert to your friends and family so that 
they might join you in supporting Minnesota’s birds.

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