Campaigns

 

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a biannual global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Every year, on the second Saturday in May and October, dedicated people and organizations around the world celebrate World Migratory Bird Day by arranging activities such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions. 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 other people and organizations to get involved.

 

History of World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day was initiated in 2006 by the Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). Since then, WMBD has been celebrated annually and has been growing in popularity with more countries, organizations and people joining the campaign every year.

On 26 October 2017 in the margins of the CMS COP12 in Manila, Environment for the Americas (EFTA), CMS and AEWA announced an innovative partnership uniting two of the world’s largest bird education campaigns – International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and WMBD. From 2018 onwards, the new joint campaign adopted the single name of "World Migratory Bird Day" and is celebrated twice a year, on the second Saturday in May and in October, making it possible to organize events in countries around the world at peak times of bird migration.

For further information, please visit the website: www.worldmigratorybirdday.org

 

World Migratory Bird Day 2019

Every year, World Migratory Bird Day presents an annual theme to draw attention to the issues and threats affecting migratory birds and to inspire people and organizations around the world to take measures for their conservation. The theme of WMBD 2019 is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!” − and puts the spotlight on the negative impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats.

With an annual production of more than 300m tons, plastic is one of the most widely used materials in the world. Lightweight and designed to last, the discarded pieces are easily transported into ecosystems through the forces of nature causing serious threats to migratory species around the world.

Sadly, having wings does not help birds escape the threat of plastic. Birds with stomachs full of plastic entangled and smothered by plastic rings and nets are all too real consequences of the toll that plastic takes on wildlife. The number of seabirds dying from the effects of plastic every year is currently 1 million and growing. World Migratory Bird Day 2019 is a unique chance to unite efforts in addressing this rapidly growing environmental problem.

For more information on WMBD 2019, please visit: https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/2019/plastic-pollution-migratory-birds


   

 

World Migratory Bird Day 2018

11 May 2019

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in May 2018 marked the first event that unifies two of the world’s largest bird education and awareness-raising campaigns: International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and WMBD. The combined efforts by Environment for the Americas (EFTA) as well as CMS and by AEWA reached a record high. In May, the Campaign attracted peak attention with more than 600 events registered in 58 countries throughout the world.

World Migratory Bird Day 2017

10 May 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.

World Migratory Bird Day 2016

21 March 2017

With the theme “Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade of Migratory Birds!”, WMBD 2016 highlighted the existensial threat of the illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds and the need for a concerted action between governments, International organizations, NGOs and the civil society in order to end this phenomenon that each year kills millions of birds.

In the eleventh edition of WMBD, 319 events were registered from 85 countries around the world.

World Migratory Bird Day 2015

09 May 2015 to 10 May 2015

Energy – make it bird-friendly!” was the 2015's theme, which aimed to highlight the importance of deploying energy technologies in a way that prevents, minimizes and mitigates adverse impacts on migratory birds and their habitats around the world. Every year, millions of migratory birds face dangers posed by the massive expansion of various means of generating and distributing energy. Developing new and expanding existing renewable energy technologies are essential when striving towards the common goal of a low carbon future.

World Migratory Bird Day 2014

World Migratory Bird Day Poster 2014

World Migratory Bird Day Poster 2014

10 May 2014

World Migratory Bird Day 2014 celebrated on 10-11 May was the most successful ever with over 400 events celebrated in 90 countries. For 2014’s campaign, World Migratory Bird Day partnered with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and others to highlight the mutually beneficial relationship between tourism and conservation.

World Migratory Bird Day 2013

WMBD Poster 2013
11 May 2013 to 12 May 2013

A record 345 events in 86 countries were carried out to mark World Migratory Bird Day 2013. Each and every one of these events represented a unique activity which brought people together around the world to celebrate and help raise awareness about migratory birds on 11-12 May 2013! The survival of migratory birds depends on the availability of well-connected networks of habitats along their migration routes.

World Migratory Bird Day 2012

WMBD Poster 2012
12 May 2012 to 13 May 2012

In 2012 the World Migratory Bird Day theme focused on the cultural relationship between birds and people. Throughout time and across cultures humans have relied on birds, be it to supply food, to deliver messages, or to serve as symbols of power and prestige. Amazingly more than 250 events were registered in 81 countries around the world on May 12th and 13th, showing an increase of 25 % from 2011 and an expansion of three-fold since its inception in 2006!

World Migratory Bird Day 2011

WMBD Poster 2011
14 May 2011 to 15 May 2011

The year 2011 was for World Migratory Bird Day absolute record breaker thanks to an amazing 204 registered events in 64 countries worldwide. It was celebrated on 14th and 15th May 2011 and focused on conversion of natural areas into agricultural land, the construction of buildings, roads and dams, or deforestation, which are just some examples for the human use of land, also known as land use, while migratory bird populations are particularly sensitive to these changes.

World Migratory Bird Day 2010

WMBD Poster 2010
08 May 2010 to 09 May 2010

On 8-9 May 2010 World Migratory Bird Day was celebrated in over 40 countries around the world. Under the theme “Save migratory birds in crisis - every species counts!”, over 90 registered events took place around the world. The 2010 campaign was closely linked to the International Year of Biodiversity and raised awareness on globally threatened migratory birds, with a particular focus on those on the very edge of extinction – the Critically Endangered migratory birds.

World Migratory Bird Day 2009

WMBD Poster 2009
09 May 2009

On 9-10 May 2009 World Migratory Bird Day was celebrated in over 50 countries around the world. Under the theme “Barriers to migration”, 130 registered events took place. These events helped to raise awareness on man-made barriers and demonstrated that obstacles like wind turbines, power lines and tall buildings pose a threat to migratory birds.