Light pollution is a significant threat to migratory birds
Bonn, 9 December 2021 - Light Pollution will be the focus of the World Migratory Bird Day 2022 campaign.
Artificial light is increasing globally by at least 2 per cent per year and it is known to adversely affect many bird species. Light pollution is a significant threat to migratory birds, causing disorientation when they fly at night, leading to collisions with buildings, perturbing their internal clocks, or interfering with their ability to undertake long-distance migrations.
Solutions to light pollution are readily available. For instance, more and more cities in the world are taking measures to dim building lights during migration phases in spring and autumn. Best practice guidelines are also being developed under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) to address this growing issue and ensure that action is taken globally to help birds migrate safely.
Stay tuned on how you can get involved and register your events by visiting the campaign’s website: www.worldmigratorybirdday.org
CMS COP13 Resolutions and Decisions on Addressing Light Pollution
Resolution 13.5 - Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife
Annex of Resolution 13.5 - National Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife including Marine Turtles, Seabirds and Migratory Shorebirds
Decisions 13.138 to 13.139 - Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife
Last updated on 09 December 2021