Here in the Bahamas we have birds. Some stay year round and some are just passing through. Just like the human tourists our economy relies on, migrant birds come for the warm weather, good food and just to get away from the stress of life in North America.

Over the years various laws have been enacted to protect these little birds. In the Bahamas, we have the wild birds protection act. Basically, it says unless a hunting season is specifically called, the birds are protected; don’t take more than the allowed amount; and the hunting species are for Bahamians, residents and people with a permit and having been in the country for ninety (90) days prior to capturing the bird. Also, the act restricts taking eggs or selling and trading parts of the birds. All migratory birds in the Bahamas are covered under this law.

A Pair of white-crowned pigeons on Blue Lagoon Island.
A White-crowned Pigeon takes off as another looks on from a perch behind

White-crowned Pigeons are present and hunted for sport in both the USA and the Bahamas, however, they are not covered under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (USA) only the Wild Birds Protection Act (Bahamas).

A Black and White Warbler on Blue Lagoon Island in the Bahamas

Black and white warblers on the other hand are protected along with some 1,000 other birds. This does not necessarily mean there is funding to support their protection. Some do not really need protection while others are conservation dependent like Piping plovers.

A Piping Plover enjoying some Bahamian food on Paradise Island

Piping Plovers have lots of funding for their study and conservation, some of it bleeds out to the wintering ground but not much (comparatively speaking). If you would like to support conservation of the species consider contributing to groups that work across borders and those that work specifically in the winter grounds.

In the Bahamas, consider The Bahamas National Trust. For Caribbean-wide work, consider BirdsCaribbean when it comes to birds. Generally, think of the broader perspective and the diversity of stakeholders who may have significant impacts on a bird’s survival throughout its life history.