In 2006, the United Nations established this second weekend of May to focus world attention on the migratory bird populations of the world and their international flyways.
This year’s theme “Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation” celebrates “The Year of the Bird” — the year in which two of the world’s largest bird education campaigns, International Migratory Bird Day [IMBD] and World Migratory Bird Day [WMBD] partner to strengthen common goals: promote global recognition and appreciation of migratory birds and highlight the urgent need for their conservation.
From this year forward, the campaign will be known as World Migratory Bird Day. Major events will organize biannually, on the second Saturdays in May and in October. Through exchanges of information from people within and between the world’s flyways, we can communicate and learn from each other, across borders, within and between the world’s three major flyways to increase the level of awareness about the threats that birds are facing.
The Three Major Flyways
The Americas Flyway connects North American breeding grounds with wintering grounds in the Caribbean, Central, and South America.
The Africa-Eurasia Flyway connects European and northern Asian breeding grounds, including vital stop-over sites in the Middle East and Mediterranean, with wintering grounds in Africa.
The East Asian-Australasian Flyway connects north-east Asian breeding grounds, including vital stop-over sites in China and the Korean Peninsula, with wintering grounds in south-east Asia and Australia.
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Migratory birds fly distances that seem unbelievable to earth-bound human beings. For example, from its summering to its wintering grounds, the Bar-tailed Godwit flies 11,000 km over little more than 8 days without stopping.
For a cheeky Bar-tailed Godwit’s point-of-view — here’s an Australian ‘interview’ with a Bar-tailed Godwit about to make his return flight from Australia to Alaska…
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