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

414
Events Registered
68
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      Marta Rojas Urrego - Ramsar  Anne Larigauderie - IPBES  Jane Smart - IUCN  Rüdiger Strempel - WCSS  Tom Barry - CAFF  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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STORIES

Migration: Incredible Animal Journeys by Mike Unwin and Jenni Desmond

The WMBD team and Bloomsbury Children’s Books are running a giveaway contest on Twitter ! Retweet to win 1 of 5 copies of Migration, a stunning illustrated children’s book that follows the stories of 20 animal migrations. The contest closes on 12 May. 

11.5.2018

Interview with Mike Unwin, author of Migration

What inspired you to write a children’s book about animal migration?

I have lived in both England and southern Africa, and it has never ceased to amaze me how I see the same birds - such as swallows, willow warblers and common sandpipers - in both places. Their journeys from one continent to another twice a year are mind-boggling. They also seem to offer a lesson to us humans: that some things are bigger than borders and barriers. 

 

11.5.2018

RT @CAR_Cundi: ¡El #TerritorioCAR se une al #WorldMigratoryBirdDay! Y tú también puedes ser parte de él este, próximo 12 de mayo con este numeral en nuestras redes sociales. 

11.5.2018

RT @orcoastaquarium: "Hurry! We gotta get to the aviary, the Aquarium is celebrating World Migratory Bird Day THIS Saturday!" Join your feathered friends in celebrating with raffles, family-friendly activities, and extra seabird, vulture, and pelican presentations from 10 AM to 3 PM.

10.5.2018

Winged Migration, a masterpiece and an excellent educational film, triggered a lively Q&A with Prof. Stephen Garnett - #WMBD2018 event in Bonn was a success! #WorldMigratoryBirdDay

10.5.2018

RT @Laine_sn1: Just reminding the world of this bird issue in honor on #Worldmigratorybirdday this Saturday. The chick on the cover is so wet!! #Scholasticnews #Ilovebirdssomuch

10.5.2018

RT @AliaSaad: Al Hussein Tree at BSA wrapped with students quotes and drawings, sending strong messages to the community for the World Migratory Bird Day

9.5.2018