May was officially designated as International Migratory Bird Month by Governor Pete Ricketts on May 13th. This is the text of the proclamation, and a courtesy photo provided by the governor's office.
Whereas, International Migratory Bird Day has been a celebration of birds across North American every May since 1993; and
Whereas, Nebraska plays a critical role on an international scale for migratory birds that have no boundaries or borders, and it is our responsibility as a part of the global community to make certain that birds have the habitats they require; and
Whereas, We recognize Nebraska's rich birding heritage and the need for the ongoing conservation of birds and their habitats so future generations may continue to enjoy the diversity of birds found across our great state; and
Whereas, We recognize the need to educate our children and adults about Nebraska's wildlife and importance of conservation and good land stewardship; and
Whereas, We recognize that Nebraska is host to over 450 bird species and has become a birding destination for national and international bird watchers; and
Whereas, We recognize the economic benefits birding tourism in Nebraska provides to our state's communities, private landowners, and to Nebraska's Department of Travel and Tourism, and
Wheras, We recognize the outdoor recreational benefits and values associated with bird watching across Nebraska.
Now, Therefore, I, Pete Ricketts, Governor of the State of Nebraska, Do Hereby Proclaim the month of May 2015, as
International Migratory Bird Month
In Nebraska, and I do hereby urge all citizens to take due note of the observance.
Shown in the photograph are Lindsay Rogers, outdoor education specialist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Lt. Governor Mike Foley, and Dave Titterington of the Wild Bird Habitat Store.