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 the second Saturday in May and October, 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 2018
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. This year, videos of songs of the wonders of migratory birds triggered an overwhelming number of responses from the younger generation across the globe. Find out more about the fascinating response in the WMBD 2018 Report.
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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