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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BD76 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Regulations Governing Take of Migratory Birds; Proposed Rule 

On January 7, 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final rule defining the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) as it applies to conduct resulting in the injury or death of migratory birds protected by the MBTA. We are now proposing to revoke that rule. The effect of this proposed rule would be to return to implementing the MBTA as prohibiting incidental take and applying enforcement discretion, consistent with judicial precedent.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 10   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703 to 712   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/03/2020  85 FR 5915   
Supplemental NPRM  02/03/2020  85 FR 5913   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/19/2020 
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End  03/19/2020 
Final Action  01/07/2021  86 FR 1134   
Final Action Effective  02/08/2021 
Final Action; Delay of Effective Date  02/09/2021  86 FR 8715   
Final Action Effective  03/08/2021 
NPRM  05/07/2021  86 FR 24573   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/07/2021 
Final Action  10/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Eric L. Kershner
Chief, Division of Conservation, Permits, and Regulations
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 358-2376
Fax:703 358-2217

Jerome Ford
Assistant Director--Migratory Bird Program
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS-MB,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Phone:703 358-1050