It has come to my attention that White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad recently agreed to allow signage to be placed seasonally on their leased land, for the purpose of helping to protect the Arctic Terns that nest there during the early summer months (approximately late April through late July). As a member of the former Migratory Bird Working Group, I am reassured that the issue was followed-up on, and that a positive solution was reached between both the railroad and the city.

Special thanks to Jaime Bricker and Tyler Rose of White Pass, and to Assemblyman Jay Burnham of the Parks & Recreation committee.

I would also like to extend my thank you to the Mayor: in June, Mayor Schaefer proclaimed that 2016 marks the centennial anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and further, that it is appropriate to recognize this Act in Skagway. I believe the new signs, that will be placed near tern nesting grounds, should help deter unintentional disturbance of nests protected under the MBTA. The efforts involved in this action are an excellent example of how communities can collaborate to address threats contributing to the decline of migratory birds, including the loss of crucial nesting habitat.

Kim Burnham