World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a global event held twice a year on the second Saturday of May and October. This year, on May 13, we celebrate WMBD 2023 and its theme, which focuses on water and its importance for migratory birds. On this occasion, bird enthusiasts come together to promote the conservation of migratory birds and raise awareness about their ecological, cultural, and economic significance.
World Migratory Bird Day 2023 – Significance
WMBD is an annual global campaign that aims to raise awareness about the importance of migratory birds and their conservation. The campaign highlights the ecological importance of migratory birds, the threats they face, and the need to take action to protect them. Migratory birds play a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature and the functioning of ecosystems around the world. They also provide important cultural and economic benefits to many communities.
WMBD provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and governments to come together and take action to protect migratory birds and their habitats. It encourages people to learn more about migratory birds, their migration routes, and the challenges they face. By raising awareness and taking action to protect migratory birds, we can help to ensure their survival for generations to come.
World Migratory Bird Day 2023 – History
WMBD is a worldwide initiative launched in 2006 by the AEWA and CMS Secretariats. It originated from the International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) in the United States and the Migratory Waterbird Days (MWD) in Africa, Europe, and parts of Asia. The first WMBD took place in Kenya in 2006 and has since been celebrated annually, gaining increasing popularity. The campaign is organized from Bonn, Germany, and in 2018, IMBD and WMBD merged under the unified name “World Migratory Bird Day” to strengthen global recognition and conservation efforts.
World Migratory Bird Day is an important global event that aims to raise awareness about the importance of migratory birds and their conservation. The 2023 theme of water highlights the significance of this vital resource for migratory birds and the need to protect their habitats. As we celebrate WMBD 2023, let us take action to protect migratory birds and their habitats and ensure their survival for generations to come.
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