World Migratory Bird Day 2018

"Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation"


On 26 October 2017 in the margins of the CMS COP12 in Manila, Environment for the Americas (EFTA), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), announced an innovative partnership to increase awareness of the plight of migratory birds around the world. The new partnership formally unites two of the world's largest bird education campaigns, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in a bid to strengthen global recognition and appreciation of migratory birds and highlight the urgent need for their conservation. From 2018 onwards, the new joint campaign will adopt the single name of "World Migratory Bird Day" and major events to celebrate the day will be organized twice a year, on the Second Saturday in May and in October.



The year 2018 marks a new start for World Migratory Bird Day as it now unifies the planet’s major migratory bird corridors, or flyways, namely the African-Eurasian, the East Asian-Australasian, and the Americas flyways. Furthermore, to make celebrations even more successful and relevant to bird supporters all over the world, WMBD will now have two peak celebration days in the year - the second Saturdays of May and October - and can in addition still also be celebrated all around the year, whenever migratory birds are present in a given locality.

Therefore 2018 is an important transition year in the history of World Migratory Bird Day. Bringing together even more people around the world, 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.

WMBD dedicates 2018 to its major flyways and the new inter-flyway cooperation

With "Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation" as its theme for 2018, in the "Year of the Bird", WMBD is focusing clearly and strongly on the development of its new identity and the need for people celebrating WMBD around the world to communicate and learn from each other, across borders, within and between the world's flyways. Through the activities being undertaken on these three flyways and the resulting exchange of information, WMBD wishes to increase the level of awareness about the threats – both general and specific – that birds are facing. By comparing their experiences and concerns, sharing their stories and activities, people around the world will make their voices and actions reach out even further, throughout the flyways, underlying the fact that bird conservation is, indeed, a global issue.


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Are you an individual or an organization willing to participate in a way or another in World Migratory Bird Day?
Are you planning to organize an event?
Are you interested in learning more about these birds, the challenges they face and the need for their conservation?
The new World Migratory Bird Day website is under construction and will be available soon but if you have events and already would like to register, press the registration button to enter the event's information:

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Get Inspired by the Past Events

If you're interested in the history and development of WMBD, just take a look at our archive – you will find out what people have undertaken all around the world for the last 10 years!

WMBD 2017 and before

Download the World Migratory Bird Day 2018 Poster

The 2018 WMBD poster will be available by the end of February, you'll be able to download it here:


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We look forward to celebrating migratory birds with you!