The Second Weekends of May and October are weekend events observed twice each year as World Migratory Bird Day to focus world attention on the need to protect migratory bird populations, their habitats, and their international flyways.
Migrating birds connect us with their journeys. Their survival often depends on the role each of us plays in taking action to protect them. Each action we take to help them travel or feed safely, however small it might seem, adds up when we work together.
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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