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

Events Registered
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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WMBD around the world

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Celebrating our Birds in Bonn on World Migratory Bird Day

To mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2018, the CMS and AEWA Secretariats co-organized two local WMBD events in Bonn, Germany. The first event was a film screening in the Museum Koenig and the second event was a birdwatching tour in the forests around Bonn. The two events in Bonn, were among the 400 + registered events which took place in 68 countries around the world to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day in May. On May 9, the WMBD team organized a film screening of Winged Migration (2001) at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander  Koenig. Filmed over the course of four years, the film directed by Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats and Jacques Perrin, follows the journeys of migratory birds across wetlands, plains, mountains, seas and deserts.


« Les oiseaux migrateurs créent un lien entre les peuples, les écosystèmes et les nations » - António Guterres

A l’occasion de la Journée mondiale des oiseaux migrateurs, le chef de l’ONU exhorte les gouvernements et les populations du monde entier à prendre des mesures de conservation concertées qui contribueront à assurer la survie de ces oiseaux.



Many Countries, one Voice: Children of Africa sing for Migratory Birds

They took us at our word: on World Migratory Bird Day, children from Africa unified their voices for bird conservation.


This year, to celebrate WMBD, BirdLife wanted to do something really special. So they asked schools and BirdLife Partners across Africa to send in songs inspired by the wonders of bird migration.

Every song is different, but their message is the same: we must all join together to protect our migratory birds.


RT @ONUinfo: #OiseauxMigrateurs : « Il faut travailler ensemble pour mieux les protéger » ENTRETIENŸŽ avec Marco Barbieri, conseiller scientifique de la CMS, qui nous explique le thème de la JMOM cette année, et pourquoi les oiseaux migrateurs ont besoin de la coopération des nations pour leur conservation:




RT @SEO_BirdLife: Las aves migratorias son de altos vuelos. El ánsar índico es el ave que más altura alcanza: más de 8.000 metros sobre el nivel del mar. El tarro canelo, que podéis ver en España, se cruza el Himalaya tan pichi https://buff.ly/2rCSqPH


In their incredible journeys, birds brave the ferocity of nature’s forces and suffer from the most negative side effects of humankind’s development. Today is the day to raise our voices to remember the beauty of nature and the reasons why we want and need to protect it. https://t.co/3eUbN3gOid


#Habitatloss threatens the survival of #migratorybirds, who rely on good breeding, feeding and stopover sites. https://t.co/ik0w0jf0w8