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

Register your event today!

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WMBD around the world

Have a look at the global map of events. Which activities are taking place in your country?


Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys by Mike Unwin and Jenni Desmond

The WMBD team and Bloomsbury Children’s Books are running a giveaway contest on Twitter ! Retweet to win 1 of 5 copies of Migration, a stunning illustrated children’s book that follows the stories of 20 animal migrations. The contest closes on 12 May. 


Interview with Mike Unwin, author of Migration

What inspired you to write a children’s book about animal migration?

I have lived in both England and southern Africa, and it has never ceased to amaze me how I see the same birds - such as swallows, willow warblers and common sandpipers - in both places. Their journeys from one continent to another twice a year are mind-boggling. They also seem to offer a lesson to us humans: that some things are bigger than borders and barriers. 



RT @CAR_Cundi: ¡El #TerritorioCAR se une al #WorldMigratoryBirdDay! Y tú también puedes ser parte de él este, próximo 12 de mayo con este numeral en nuestras redes sociales. 


RT @orcoastaquarium: "Hurry! We gotta get to the aviary, the Aquarium is celebrating World Migratory Bird Day THIS Saturday!" Join your feathered friends in celebrating with raffles, family-friendly activities, and extra seabird, vulture, and pelican presentations from 10 AM to 3 PM.


Winged Migration, a masterpiece and an excellent educational film, triggered a lively Q&A with Prof. Stephen Garnett - #WMBD2018 event in Bonn was a success! #WorldMigratoryBirdDay


RT @Laine_sn1: Just reminding the world of this bird issue in honor on #Worldmigratorybirdday this Saturday. The chick on the cover is so wet!! #Scholasticnews #Ilovebirdssomuch


RT @AliaSaad: Al Hussein Tree at BSA wrapped with students quotes and drawings, sending strong messages to the community for the World Migratory Bird Day