To all birders- First, thanks to all who responded about Florida birding. It was very helpful and insightful and very much appreciated. I'll let you all know what I saw upon my return. Now, down to business. Congress is planning on voting next month on whether or not the Defense Department should be completely exempt from the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and thus be allowed to kill any birds any time. From what I have read, they have provided little authorization for this, they can already seek exemption if they need to for certain operations at certain times in certain places, and would fly in the face of a treaty that involves not only the US, but Canada, Mexico, and Russia, as well. This would place the US DoD totally above the law as far as the MBTA goes. Here is a link to a site you can go to in order to urge Congress to vote "NO" to the DoD's request. http://takeaction.worldwildlife.org/action.asp?step=2&item=2244 Michael Shapiro Richmond (Henrico) You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.