World Migratory Bird Day is an annual awareness raising event
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On and around the 10th of May, people around the world take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day.
Event organizers are encouraged to register their events at the WMBD website. In this way, individual events can be shared with others around the world and help inspire people to get involved. Since 2006, more than 2,500 events have been registered in 140 different countries and territories worldwide to mark World Migratory Bird Day.
World Migratory Bird Day 2017
With the 2017 theme "Their Future is our Future - A healthy planet for migratory birds and people", World Migratory Bird Day has thrown light on the topic of "Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People". The 2017 theme is linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and highlights the interdependence of people and nature, and more specifically people and migratory birds, as they share the same planet and the same limited resources. Human activity can have a negative impact on birds’ migration, while humankind relies on birds in many ways. The 2017 campaign aimed at highlighting the fact that conserving migratory birds also contributes to the sustainable management of our natural resources, demonstrating that bird conservation is also crucial for the future of humankind.
History of World Migratory Bird Day
The very first World Migratory Bird Day was launched by AEWA and CMS on the weekend of 8-9 April 2006 with support from world renowned author Ms. Kuki Gallmann. On her famous wildlife reserve ‘Ole Ari Nyiro’ in Laikipia, Kenya, the central launching event called WINGS was held. The event was inspired by the phenomenon of bird migration and the growing need for migratory bird conservation and was attended by a number of international personalities from the worlds of art, business and conservation.
The World Migratory Bird Day campaign is jointly organized by the CMS and AEWA Secretariats. The global campaign is also supported by a growing number of partners.
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