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Voices of Dubai Unite for Migratory Birds

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 17 October 2018 - Dubai Municipality officially celebrated the annual World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in the month of October to bring various voices together for conservation of migratory birds. The activities organized by the Environment Department proved to be a momentous development in the campaign as the celebration was extended twice in a year, May and October, for the first time since the inaugural celebration in 2006 when World Migratory Bird Day was commemorated in the Emirate of Dubai.


World Migratory Bird Day Celebrations Set for October 13

Bonn, 8 October 2018 – For the first time, World Migratory Bird Day celebrations will be taking place around the world on the second Saturday in October (13 October), marking the second peak global celebration day following the one in May.

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) © Tomas Aarvak; Long-tailed Ducks (Clangula hyemalis) © Hugh Harrop; Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) © Sergey Dereliev, www.dereliev-photography.org; Social Lapwing (Vanellus gregarius) © Maxim Koshkin

World Migratory Bird Day: New Report Shows Upward Trend for Migratory Waterbirds


Bonn, 11 October 2018 - Bucking a major general trend, the overall status of waterbird populations listed on the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) has slightly improved over the last ten years, says a new report.

The findings are being released ahead of World Migratory Bird Day, an annual, UN-backed global awareness-raising and environmental education campaign focused on migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.  

Sooty Falcon (adult) at nest. Copyright by INTEWO | World Habitat Society GmbH

Sooty Falcon Film Screening to Celebrate WMBD 2018

Abu Dhabi, 10 October 2018 – An award-winning documentary entitled The Migrant - Sooty Falcons in Oman was screened last evening at the Manarat Al Saadiyat cultural centre in Abu Dhabi to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2018. Produced by an Omani-German team, the film documents efforts to study and conserve this long-range migratory bird.

The operatic choir Lirica San Rocco from Bologna

WMBD Benefit Concert in Bologna

For the sixth consecutive year, the operatic choir Lirica San Rocco from Bologna, Italy will give a benefit concert as part of the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day. Thanks to the support of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, this time the concert will take place on 13 October in the History Museum of Bologna.


May Event Highlights

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in May 2018 marked the first event that unifies two of the world’s largest bird education and awareness-raising campaigns: International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and WMBD. 

The combined efforts by Environment for the Americas (EFTA) as well as CMS and by AEWA reached a record high. In May, the Campaign attracted peak attention with more than 600 events registered in 58 countries throughout the world.


Celebrating our Birds in Bonn on World Migratory Bird Day

To mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2018, the CMS and AEWA Secretariats co-organized two local WMBD events in Bonn, Germany. The first event was a film screening in the Museum Koenig and the second event was a birdwatching tour in the forests around Bonn. The two events in Bonn, were among the 400 + registered events which took place in 68 countries around the world to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day in May. On May 9, the WMBD team organized a film screening of Winged Migration (2001) at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander  Koenig. Filmed over the course of four years, the film directed by Jacques Cluzaud, Michel Debats and Jacques Perrin, follows the journeys of migratory birds across wetlands, plains, mountains, seas and deserts.