(Washington, D.C.) President George W. Bush is expected to outline a series of new conservation initiatives to benefit birds while speaking at an event Saturday morning October 20 at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland. Many bird species are in decline and will require collaboration between governments, conservation groups and private landowners to restore the habitats on which they depend.

The critically endangered Cerulean Warbler ? Stuart Elsom from Surfbirds Galleries

?We appreciate that President Bush and the First Lady understand the value of birds and the need to boost conservation efforts,? said George Fenwick, President of American Bird Conservancy who represents the bird conservation community at the event. ?Birds don?t recognize boundaries ? geographic or political. All Americans will welcome the President?s initiative to conserve wild birds.?

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