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Highlights from World Migratory Bird Day 2014!

World Migratory Bird Day 2014 Celebrated with Record 400 Events in 90 Countries!

This year’s World Migratory Bird Day on 10-11 May was the most successful ever with over 400 events celebrated in 90 countries. For this year’s campaign, World Migratory Bird Day partnered with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and others to highlight the mutually beneficial relationship between tourism and conservation. With the theme “Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism”, thousands of people came together at events - from bird watching to large eco-tours, local art exhibitions to international birding conferences – to celebrate migratory birds and the need for their conservation.

[Click Here to View the WMBD Events on the Global WMBD Google Event Map]

Thank You for Your Support!

The Secretariats of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS/UNEP) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (UNEP/AEWA) would like to thank the World Migratory Bird Day Partners, and participating organizations for their continued support of World Migratory Bird Day.  Most of all thank you, the World Migratory Bird Day Event and Activity organizers, for your enthusiasm and passion for migratory birds and the need for their conservation!

Thanks also to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) for their generous financial contribution, without which the 2014 campaign would not have been possible.

2014 WMBD Trailer Launched

To Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day 2014 and this year’s theme “Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism” we are pleased to introduce the World Migratory Bird Day Trailer.

[Click Here to Watch the WMBD Trailer]

Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Launches Trailer to Celebrate WMBD

The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) celebrated World Migratory Bird Day, May 10-11, 2014 with the launch of their WMBD trailer that highlights the importance of Arctic flora and fauna for yearly migrations.

Arctic birds connect the Polar regions to the rest of the world. Many of these species are experiencing rapid declines. Find out more about Arctic birds: www.caff.is/ambi

[Click Here to Watch the WMBD Trailer]

WMBD Photo Competition Launched - Submit Photos by 11 June 2014!

Submit you photos to the World Migratory Bird Day Photo Competition! 1st Prize is a one week trip including meals and soft drinks for two people to Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, close to the major migratory bird site, Ras Mohamed National Park. This prize is being provided by the Egyptian Tourism Authority of the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Berlin!

The deadline for submissions for this competition is one month after the World Migratory Bird Day on 11 June 2014 at 24.00 (CET).

[How to Submit Your Photos] [See Full Competition Prizes]

Tell Us Your WMBD Story!  - Submit Your WMBD Event Reports and Activity Photos

Please share all the wonderful photos and reports of your World Migratory Bird Day Events and Activities on the WMBD Flickr account using the instructions below!

[How to Submit Your Event Photos] [See Other WMBD Event Photos]

Statements of Support for World Migratory Bird Day

Statements of support for World Migratory Bird Day from Leaders of United Nations Secretariats, World Migratory Bird Day Partners, Conservation Organizations and Goodwill Ambassadors help to spread the message of migratory bird conservation to a wider audience. 

The Statements show how this year's World Migratory Bird Day theme "Destination Flyways: Migratory Birds and Tourism" relates to the conservation efforts and projects of each organization. These messages form a network of support working across the many perspectives and disciplines to conserve migratory birds.

[Read Statements of Support for World Migratory Bird Day]

The 2014 World Migratory Bird Day Posters


[Click on the Images to View Downloadable Posters to Share on Facebook and Twitter]

The 2014 WMBD Poster was also translated in a record 15 languages this year! The translations of the WMBD Poster helped reach new cultures and groups around the world and encourage them to conserve migratory birds in their local areas.

[Click Here to See and Download the Translated WMBD Posters]

Highlights for WMBD Events Around the World

Bonn, Germany - WMBD Benefits Concert for the White-winged Flufftail

On 10 May 2014 a benefit concert for the World Migratory Bird Day was held to raise funds for the critically endangered White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi). Like migratory birds, music overcomes boundaries and unites people. On World Migratory Bird Day, the Deutsche Welle and Opera Chorus Chorale Lirica San Rocco choirs undertook their first joint performance to raise their voices for the protection of migratory birds worldwide.

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Ethiopia - Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority

The 2014 World Migratory Bird Day was celebrated colourfully in Ethiopia by educational and bird watching trips on 16-17 May. The celebration took place in the Rift Valley lakes of Koka, Zeway and Abijata which many migratory birds use as staging grounds in their long journey farther south and also a good number of them use these lakes as wintering grounds. The lakes are also important tourist destinations.

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Cabo Verde - Biosfera, NGO Partner for BirdLife/MAVA

Activities aimed to inform children of communities whose livelihoods are directly linked to the environment (fishing, agriculture and livestock),as well as teach children about migratory birds and their importance to the world. These children are likely to be environmental guides tomorrow, but we must motivate them and instruct them early.

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South Korea - East Asian - Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP)

Over 200 people gathered today at the G Tower in Songdo, South Korea, where the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) Secretariat is based. The event marked the official start of celebrations for the 2014 World Migratory Bird Day. Mr. Spike Millington, Chief Executive of the EAAFP, addressed the audience with an inspiring talk about how migratory shorebirds undertake their epic journeys and how they can play a role in helping local economies through nature-based tourism.

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Indonesia - BICONS Bird Conservation Society

WMBD activities carried out in 2014 for 2 days (10-11 May 2014) includes a photo exhibition and workshop on the first day and field observations in Panaruban, Subang. This event was attended by 60 participants from several communities, agencies, and students from several universities in West Java.

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United Arab Emirates - Dubai Municipality (DM)

Dubai Municipality (DM) celebrated this year through organizing seminars to which specialists as per the theme of the year were invited, conducting photography contests, rewards for best photographs and by and inviting school students and concerned parties to take part.

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BUGHADI FOUNDATION celebrated World Migratory Bird Day on 10th May 2014 at Assan Barrage, 40 Km from Dehradun. This is a famous Migratory Bird visiting spot.

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