A recent opinion published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could signal upcoming approvals for bird-killing neonicotinoid pesticides (“neonics"), possibly for the next 15 years.
Your voice is urgently needed to reduce the threat of these pesticides. Will you take action now?
The agency is in the process of renewing the registration for a number of dangerous pesticides and is off to a concerning start.
Last week, the EPA released a document stating that the harmful effects of malathion, one of the pesticides being evaluated, would be negated with minor measures. But malathion poses a threat to 97 percent of species listed under the Endangered Species Act, including Kirtland's Warbler and Black-capped Vireo.
This approach could foreshadow the decision for three neonicotinoids in fall 2022. Once made, these decisions will shape how the pesticides are used for the next 15 years.
Please ask Congress to strengthen protections for wildlife against toxic pesticides.
The Saving America’s Pollinators Act would cancel the registration of all neonicotinoids and establish a Pollinator Protection Board.
Study after study has shown alarming declines of insect pollinators, like bumblebees and butterflies. Pesticide use is a strong contributor to these declines.
One study published last year found that exposure to neonicotinoid insecticides caused declines in hummingbirds’ metabolism, a serious concern for these energy-intensive birds. Other birds are at risk as well: Studies have also shown that a single seed treated with neonicotinoids can kill songbirds.
Please ask your U.S. Representative to cosponsor the Saving America's Pollinators Act and protect birds and insect pollinators, along with their habitats.
For years, we’ve worked with thousands of bird advocates to achieve the cancellation of more than a dozen harmful pesticides and demand accountability from their producers.
Please join us. Your voice is critical to ensure that this bill crosses the finish line.
Ask Congress to support the Saving America’s Pollinators Act and protect birds and pollinators from dangerous chemicals!
Vice President of Policy
American Bird Conservancy