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Second Saturday in May marking World Migratory Bird Day

Second Saturday in May marking World Migratory Bird Day

Baku, May 13, AZERTAC

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It aims to draw attention to the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. The Day is celebrated bi-annually on the second Saturday in May and in October. a global campaign that aims to raise awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. Activities to mark the day will be held globally on two peak days in both May and October.

World Migratory Day had its beginnings in 1993 when visionaries from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center came up with the idea. First founded under the name International Migratory Bird Day, the program was originally directed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation along with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. By 2007, the responsibility for the day moved to the not for profit organization, Environment for the Americas.

By 2018, the organization joined with others, including the Convention on Migratory Services and Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Water Birds to collaborate for World Migratory Bird Day.

While the official day of celebration for World Migratory Bird Day is on the second Saturday in May each year, the organization recognizes that migratory birds stop in various places along their journey. This means that the celebration can be flexible, depending on the location. In addition, Environment for the Americas encourages people to also catch the migratory birds on their way south in the autumn, celebrating another time on the second Saturday in October.

Each year, World Migratory Bird Day declares a different theme that brings light to the various issues inherent in the pursuit of the conservation of migratory birds. Past themes have included “Water”, “Sing, Fly, Soar — Like a Bird”, and “Birds Connect Our World”.

 

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