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

716
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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WMBD around the world

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STORIES

Picture by Tian Zhiwei, director of the CCAfa for Waterfowls at Tangshan, 2017.5.9

Stories from China

China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) is an independent organization approved by the State Council and registered in the Ministry of Civil Affairs. The non-profit organisation was founded in 1985 through the reintroduction of Milu deer, from the U.K back to China by the Duke of Bedford. The non-profit organisation is dedicated to biodiversity conservation, environmental protection, green and sustainable development and eco-civilization promotion.

10.5.2017
The operatic choir, Corale Lirica San Rocco

World Migratory Bird Day Concert in Bologna

The Corale Lirica San Rocco will be giving a benefit concert in Bologna on 13 May, as part of the annual celebrations of World Migratory Bird Day. The operatic choir, which gave a concert in Bonn the last four years, will now perform in its home city. The matinee will start at 11.00 hrs in the historical Cappella Farnese di Palazzo D’Accursio.

10.5.2017

Message from Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), on World Migratory Bird Day 2017

9.5.2017

Living Planet: Why we should celebrate World Migratory Bird Day

Listen to Borja Heredia, CMS Birds Expert, who tells you why we should celebrate Migratory Birds all round the world.

LISTEN

8.5.2017
Storyboard of the Trailer of the World Migratory Bird Day 2017

“Man is a Part of Nature, not Something Contrasted with Nature” – The Story behind our Trailer

Bonn, 2 May 2017 – after the launch of our new and lively World Migratory Bird Day 2017 Trailer last week, the video has already had several thousand views. This speaks volumes about the talents of its creator, Gonçalo Nobre, a creative and motivated UN Online Volunteer from Portugal who was very happy to support the cause and raise awareness for migratory birds.

2.5.2017

What the trials of migratory birds say about Asia’s development

In their April issue, The Economist explains how migratory waterbirds - including two of our flagship species: the Black-tailed godwit and Spoon-billed sandpiper - are important to Asia's natural and political environment. Waterbird conservation along the East Asian Australasian Flyway could be the key to better diplomatic relations.

26.4.2017