Because We Care: PSO is Involved in Bird Conservation Issues

PSO donated funds from the 2022 Breeding Bird Blitz to help Erie Bird Observatory, which monitors and helps to protect the federally-endangered Piping Plovers in Pennsylvania.
Photo courtesy of Grigory Heaton/iNaturalist CC BY-NC, toned)

If you know of a conservation issue that deserves PSO’s attention, please contact Laura Jackson, PSO Conservation Chair at Since 2019, PSO has been involved in a number of conservation issues, taking diverse actions such as letter writing, emails and phone calls to legislators, and speaking at public hearings. PSO is also a member of the Endangered Species Coalition and the American Bird Conservancy. Future articles will keep you updated on PSO’s efforts to protect birds and their habitats. As you most likely know, since 1970 we have lost nearly three billion birds in North America.

Just recently, the PSO Board agreed to join almost 300 other organizations to sign on as a signatory to a letter sent to President Biden regarding the biodiversity crisis. The letter was entitled, “Meeting the Challenges of the Biodiversity and Extinction Crisis Over the Next 50 Years” and spearheaded by the Center for Biological Diversity.

In the letter, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, “one of the most successful conservation laws ever enacted by any nation.” Although the Act has prevented the extinction of most of the species under its protection, the natural world is now facing an existential crisis of species extinction across the globe. The signers of the letter asked President Biden to:

  1. Implement a national biodiversity strategy.
  2. Increase funding and engage a broad spectrum of government agencies to boost recovery of endangered species.
  3. Develop an Ecosystem-based Framework to rebuild American’s wildlife populations.

Click here to see a copy of the letter that was sent to President Biden.