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What is World Migratory Bird Day?

World Migratory Bird Day is an Annual Awareness Raising Event

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day.


Connecting Events with a Global Campaign and Theme

World Migratory Bird Day activities take place in many different countries and places, but are all linked through a single global campaign and theme. Anyone interested in organising an event to mark World Migratory Bird Day is encouraged to register their planned activity on this website. In this way, individual events can be shared with others around the world and help inspire them to get involved. How can you participate?




Land Use Changes from a Bird's-Eye View

Every year WMBD focuses on a different topic; this year’s theme is “Land use changes from a bird's-eye view”.

The conversion of natural areas into agricultural land, the construction of buildings, roads and dams, or deforestation are just some examples for the human use of land, also known as land use. Land use and land management practices have a major impact on natural resources including water, soil, nutrients, plants and animals. Migratory bird populations are particularly sensitive to land use and studies reveal that this is the major threat they are facing.

© Ton Koene/Lineair/Still Pictures

To learn more about this year's Theme and about HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE in World Migratory Bird Day 2011 please follow the links below:

Learn more about this year's theme - "Land use changes from a bird's-eye view" 

A short history of WMBD - how it all began & past events