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World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Official Global Poster




The WMBD 2022 poster is also available in several other (Asian) languages, which can be downloaded from here

World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Campaign Strategy


Social Media Package / Trello


ENGLISH Dim the Lights for Birds at Night! ARABIC أخفت األضواء ليًال لمساعدة الطيور المهاجرة
FRENCH Des nuits noires pour les vols migratoires ! CHINESE 熄灯,让候⻦安全回家
SPANISH ¡Noches oscuras, migraciones seguras! PORTUGUESE Noites escuras, migrações seguras!
RUSSIAN Притуши огни ради птиц в ночи!  KISWAHILI  Punguzia ndege mwangaza usiku!

 Key Messages

  • Light pollution is increasing globally. The amount of artificial light on the earth’s surface is increasing by at least 2 percent each year and could be much greater.

  • Each year, light pollution contributes to the death of millions of birds from collisions. Excessive artificial light at night can disorient birds during their migration, leading to fatal collisions with illuminated buildings, communication towers, and other brightly lit structures.

  • Light pollution can cause other adverse effects on migratory birds. It can alter birds’behaviours, including migration, foraging and vocal communication. It affects their activity levels and energy expenditure and causes disorientation when they fly at night. Artificial light at night can impact the timing of migration and other seasonal behaviours influenced by the disruption of birds’ biological clocks. Migration routes can be affected by artificial light at night through birds being attracted to light, or conversely through aversion.

  • An enormous diversity of birds, active both nocturnally and diurnally, experience impacts of light pollution. Many nocturnally migrating birds such as ducks, geese, plovers, sandpipers and songbirds of all kinds are affected by light pollution. Seabirds such as petrels and shearwaters commonly get drawn into hazardous situations on land and on ships by artificial light sources.

  • Solutions to address impacts of light pollution are readily available. Numerous governments, cities, companies and communities around the world are already taking steps to address light pollution.

  • Internationally agreed guidelines on light pollution covering marine turtles, seabirds and migratory shorebirds already exist and have been endorsed by the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). These include six simple management principles which can be used to reduce light pollution.

  • New international guidelines focusing on migratory land birds and bats are currently being developed under CMS. The new guidelines will be presented to CMS Parties for adoption at the 14th Conference of the Parties to CMS in 2023.

  • Natural darkness has conservation value in the same way as clean water, air and soil, and should be protected.

World Migratory Bird Day Videos

WMBD 2022 Global Animation (Available in Different Languages)
What is Light Pollution? (Video Provided by the Australian Government Department of Water, Agriculture, and Environment)
2017 World Migratory Bird Day Trailer - "Their Future is Our Future"
2016 World Migratory Bird Day Trailer - "Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds"
2015 World Migratory Bird Day Trailer - "Energy Make It Bird Friendly!"
World Migratory Bird Day - "How it all began" Trailer


World Migratory Bird Day Logo

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CMS Logo

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Please note: The World Migratory Bird Day logo and poster can be downloaded here in various formats. We strongly encourage you to incorporate these in your WMBD messages, activities and information materials. They can be used free of charge and have been produced for the sole purpose of spreading the news about WMBD!

World Migratory Bird Day Event Photos

World Migratory Bird Day Event Photos can be viewed on the WMBD Flickr account. Share your event photos, event reports and local WMBD news articles with the global WMBD community! Learn how to instantly upload them here.

Royalty Free Photos

White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) 
© Sergey Dereliev (UNEP/AEWA) [website]
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Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor)  
© Mark Anderson 
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Migratory Birds in Flight - Common Cranes © Jussi Mononen Migratory Birds in Flight - Common Cranes © Jussi Mononen  
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Spoon-billed Sandpiper  
© Smith Sutibut 
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Intensive Agriculture © Neil ZoglauerMigratory Birds and Culture: Bird Watchers  
© Andy Hay 
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flickrdotbairdphotosdotcom_ecotourism_220x156Migratory Birds and Ecotourism 
© Mike Baird [flickr] 
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World Migratory Bird Day in New Caledonia © Jerome SpaggiariNew Caledonia 
© Jerome Spaggiari 
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© Sergey Dereliev (UNEP/AEWA) 
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WMBD 2010 event in Leh, Ladakh, India © WWFWMBD 2010 event in Leh, Ladakh, India 
© WWF 
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WMBD 2009 event in Gabes, Tunisia © Claudia Feltrup-Azafzaf/AAOWMBD 2009 event in Gabes, Tunisia 
© Naoufel Hammouda/AAO 
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WMBD 2009 event in Banda Aceh, Indonesia @ Ricko JayaWMBD 2011 event in Bangladesh 
@ Dhaka Sourav
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First World Migratory Bird Day in Kenya, 2006 © Catherine LehmannFirst WMBD in Kenya, 2006 
© Catherine Lehmann 
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