For more than a century, protection of migratory birds has been an important goal of international law. In 1916, the United States entered into its first international treaty for the protection of migratory birds with England (acting on behalf of Canada). Shortly thereafter, the United States entered into additional treaties for the protection of migratory birds with Mexico, Japan, and Russia. Although these treaties have been a success, deteriorating global environmental conditions have affected the heath of migratory bird populations.
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