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Laws Regarding Our Most Popular Patron (a.k.a. The Cooper’s Hawk)

If you’ve been following the updates on the Library of Congress blog regarding the Cooper’s Hawk, you may know that she’s caused a lot of excitement around here.  Especially the news that the hawk has been rescued!  Along with the list of resources provided by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, I’d thought I’d point out some federal laws that cover the Cooper’s Hawk.

The Cooper’s Hawk is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, July 3, 1918, ch. 128, 40 Stat. 755 (seen at right). The Act makes it “unlawful to

Migratory Bird Treaty Act (1918)

  • hunt,
  • take,
  • capture,
  • kill,
  • attempt to take,
  • capture or kill,
  • possess,
  • offer for sale,
  • sell,
  • offer to purchase,
  • purchase,
  • deliver for shipment,
  • ship,
  • cause to be shipped,
  • deliver for transportation,
  • transport,
  • cause to be transported,
  • carry or cause to be carried by any means whatever,
  • receive for shipment,
  • transportation or carriage,
  • or export,

at any time or any manner, any migratory bird” except as permitted by regulations. Got all that? The Migratory Bird Act is codified at 16 U.S. Code § 703 et seq.

The Migratory Bird Act was amended in 1998 (by the Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act of 1998, Pub. L. 105-312, Title I, 112 Stat. 2956) and in 2004 (by the Migratory Bird Treaty Reform Act of 2004, Pub. L. 108-447, Div. E., Title I, § 143, 118 Stat. 3071).  Regulations regarding the Cooper’s Hawk can be found in Title 50 covering Wildlife and Fisheries of the Code of Federal Regulations at 50 C.F.R. 10.13 (List of Migratory Birds) and 50 C.F.R. 21.29 (Falconry Standards and Falconry Permitting).

And if you are just interested in naming the hawk, you can add your suggestion on Twitter.

Update on February 9, 2011: The Cooper’s Hawk has been released into the wild.

THOMAS is Now on Science.gov

Last week I discussed THOMAS off of THOMAS, and this week I’m happy to announce there is another location to add to the list: science.gov.  The 111th and 112th Congresses have been added to the basic search: By including THOMAS in your search, you will be guided to the “Bill Summary & Status” containing information […]

Data Privacy Day 2011

Today is Data Privacy Day – “an annual international celebration to raise awareness and generate discussion about information privacy.”  In Europe, it’s called European Privacy and Data Protection Day.  The day, whether in North America or in Europe or other parts of the world, basically involves various corporations, government officials and representatives, academics, and students […]

New and Improved Access to Australian Legislation

Last year Clare wrote about changes to the UK government’s legislation website, and we’ve written a lot about enhancements to THOMAS, so when I got an email last week about the Australian government’s legislation website being upgraded I thought it definitely warranted some attention. The ComLaw website provides open access to Commonwealth (i.e., federal) legislation.  […]


While I love it when people use THOMAS, I also like the idea of other good sources enabling the public to learn about legislation that will affect us.  THOMAS is an incredibly valuable tool, but there are areas of information that other sites use and enhance.  I’ve mentioned two examples before, where video is added […]

Researching an Unfamiliar Country’s Law

The following is a guest post by Shameema Rahman, Legal Reference Specialist in our Public Services Division. Have you found yourself needing to research a jurisdiction that you know next to nothing about?  Because I studied law in Bangladesh, I will use that country as an example to provide some tips on how you could […]