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