2018 is an important transition year in the history of World Migratory Bird Day - unifying the planet’s major migratory bird corridors, or flyways: the African-Eurasian flyway, the East Asian-Australasian flyway, and the Americas flyways. Celebrated from now on twice a year, on the Second Saturday in May and in October, WMBD aims to reach out to a broader audience and amplify its message for bird conservation. As a new global platform that unifies efforts worldwide, WMBD will be reinforcing education and awareness-raising about the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats - at all different levels, in all parts of the world.

 

WMBD2018 Highlights

757
Events Registered
79
Countries involved
Statements from Key World Migratory Bird Day supporters and partners
    Jacques Trouvilliez - AEWA  Susan Bonfield - EFTA  Lew Young - EAAFP  Erik Solheim - UN Environment  Patricia Espinosa - UNFCCC      Marta Rojas Urrego - Ramsar  Anne Larigauderie - IPBES  Jane Smart - IUCN  Rüdiger Strempel - WCSS  Tom Barry - CAFF  Patricia Zurita - Birdlife International  Martin Spray - WWT  Kuki Gallman  Georges Aman - CIC  Fernando Spina - CMS  Stephen Garnett - CMS  Ruth Cromie - AEWA, WWT  Martin Wikelski - MPIO

Unifying our Voices

for Bird Conservation.
Towards a new WMBD

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Benefit Concert for Migratory Birds in Bologna

Bonn, 13 October 2018 - For the sixth consecutive year, the operatic choir Lirica San Rocco of the Lyrical Cultural Club from Bologna, Italy gave a benefit concert as part of the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. For the second time, the concert was held in Bologna.

17.10.2018
© Dubai Municipality

Voices of Dubai Unite for Migratory Birds

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 October 2018 - Dubai Municipality officially celebrated the annual World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in the month of October to bring various voices together for conservation of migratory birds. The activities organized by the Environment Department proved to be a momentous development in the campaign as the celebration was extended twice in a year, May and October, for the first time since the inaugural celebration in 2006 when World Migratory Bird Day was commemorated in the Emirate of Dubai.

17.10.2018

World Migratory Bird Day Celebrations Set for October 13

Bonn, 8 October 2018 – For the first time, World Migratory Bird Day celebrations will be taking place around the world on the second Saturday in October (13 October), marking the second peak global celebration day following the one in May.

12.10.2018
Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) © Tomas Aarvak; Long-tailed Ducks (Clangula hyemalis) © Hugh Harrop; Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) © Sergey Dereliev, www.dereliev-photography.org; Social Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) © Maxim Koshkin

World Migratory Bird Day: New Report Shows Upward Trend for Migratory Waterbirds

PRESS RELEASE

Bonn, 11 October 2018 - Bucking a major general trend, the overall status of waterbird populations listed on the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) has slightly improved over the last ten years, says a new report.

The findings are being released ahead of World Migratory Bird Day, an annual, UN-backed global awareness-raising and environmental education campaign focused on migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.  

11.10.2018
Sooty Falcon (adult) at nest. Copyright by INTEWO | World Habitat Society GmbH

Sooty Falcon Film Screening to Celebrate WMBD 2018

Abu Dhabi, 10 October 2018 – An award-winning documentary entitled The Migrant - Sooty Falcons in Oman was screened last evening at the Manarat Al Saadiyat cultural centre in Abu Dhabi to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2018. Produced by an Omani-German team, the film documents efforts to study and conserve this long-range migratory bird.

10.10.2018
The operatic choir Lirica San Rocco from Bologna

WMBD Benefit Concert in Bologna

For the sixth consecutive year, the operatic choir Lirica San Rocco from Bologna, Italy will give a benefit concert as part of the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. Thanks to the support of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, this time the concert will take place on 13 October in the History Museum of Bologna.

8.10.2018

May Event Highlights

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.

13.9.2018