World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global awareness-raising campaign about the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. This global campaign is an important platform to increase public awareness of migratory birds and the threats faced by them, their ecological significance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. World Migratory Bird Day is observed annually on every second Saturday of May. The United Nations is among the many organizations that support this campaign of global awareness.
Date of World Migratory Bird Day
This year World Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated on Saturday 9th May 2020.
World Migratory Bird Day reminds us that our efforts to protect migratory birds and their habitats need to be stepped up more than ever now. Many species of birds are disappearing across the world and the ongoing loss and degradation of biodiversity have also been related to the kinds of infectious diseases that we are now battling.
World Migratory Bird Day was initiated in 2006 by The African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement, Convention on Migratory Species, and Environment for the Americas (EFTA) have joined together to enhance the recognition and global awareness of the migratory birds.
Theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2020 – Birds Connects our World
Every year the Convention on Migratory Species decides the theme raise awareness about the protection of migratory birds. This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2020 is “Birds Connects our World”.
The theme is chosen to emphasize the importance of ecological sustainability, integrity, protection, and restoration of habitats that sustain migratory bird’s natural movement and are necessary for their survival and well-being also, critical to preserve and to restore them.
This year’s theme also shows light on the fact that these migratory birds are the part of our natural heritage also they rely on a network of sites for breeding, feeding, rest, and overwintering along their migrations routes.
Therefore, the 2020 World Migratory Bird Day will help to raise awareness about the importance of environmental bird connectivity and complement CMS efforts to foster ecological connectivity and accessibility, international co-operation, and migratory species protection within the Global Biodiversity Framework post-2020.
Ecological connectivity is very important for migratory species and for a variety of ecological functions. It defines that essential and natural movement of species must have a natural flow process to sustain life on earth. It is estimated that about 1 million species are facing the risk of extinction within our generations; also the connectivity has become the central issue for our biodiversity and sustainability.
Migratory birds have to survive on the entire migratory routes across a network of intact ecosystems. More and more global action is needed to protect migrant birds on their foreign journeys, through multilateral environmental treaties such as the CMS, the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). The construction of protected corridors through cross-border ecosystems will support migratory birds and other wildlife in particular on the scale of the countryside.
In order to prevent the migratory birds, the critical sites must be a safeguard and managed properly. As defined by Bird-Life International, Supporting Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs), offers migratory birds the required feeding, breeding, nesting, and protected areas for long flights.
Last year many events registered for the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day which includes the gathering public events and school groups. In comparison to past year, this year the global celebration will be different as the world is facing global health crises.