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 “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!” explains clearly how we human beings continue to seriously threaten migratory bird species due to negligence in our use of plastics that we have introduced into land and sea environments.
The discards imperil & kill birds when these plastics are ingested or entangle. What can one person do to fight plastic pollution? We can reduce, reuse, and recycle our plastics. We can limit our use of them and use eco-friendly alternatives. We can join clean-up activities in our neighbourhoods and recreation areas.
The World Migratory Bird Day initiative organizes and launches major events 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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