A Healthy Planet for Migratory Birds and People
10 May 2017
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.
Every year people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD. All these activities can also be undertaken at any time on the year because that countries or regions observing the peak of migrations at different times, but the main day for the international celebrations is 10 May.
What Do People Do
On the second weekend each May, people around the world celebrate World Migratory Bird Day by organizing public events such as bird festivals, education programs and bird-watching excursions.
Although the event is usually on the second weekend of May, the first World Migratory Bird Day was launched on the weekend of April 8–9, 2006. The event was created to help turn the world’s attention to the wonders of bird migration and the need for their conservation. Each year, the total number of registered World Migratory Bird Day events has steadily increased along with the number of countries in which these events occurred.
THEME FOR WORLD MIGRATERY BIRD DAY :-
Every year International Migratory Bird Day has a new conservation theme with corresponding artwork, educational materials, and activities.
- 2000: Focus on the Falcon,
- 2001: Taste of the Tropics,
- 2002: Exploring Habitats
- 2003: Catalysts for Conservation,
- 2004: Conserving Colonial Birds,
- 2005: Collisions
- 2006: The Boreal Forest,
- 2007: Birds in a Changing Climate,
- 2008: Tundra to Tropics,
- 2009: Celebrate Birds In Culture,
- 2010: Power of Partnerships,
- 2011: Go Wild Go Birding,
- 2012: Connecting People to Bird Conservation, Ar
- 2013: Life Cycle of Migratory Birds,
- 2014: Why Birds Matter? The Benefits of Birds to Humans and Nature,
- 2015: Restore Habitat, Restore Birds,
- 2016: Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation
- 2017: Stopover Sites: Helping Birds Along the Way,
“They are waterbirds, landbirds or raptors, they fly over different parts of the world – but they all face similar threats during their migration. “