World Migratory Bird Day: May 8

Every year, the World Migratory Day is celebrated on second Saturday of May and October. This year, it is celebrated on May 8th. The previous World Migratory Bird Day was celebrated on October 10th.

The main objective of celebrating the World Migratory Day is to increase awareness of migratory birds and their importance in international cooperation to conserve them. It also creates awareness for conserving the habitats of the migratory birds, especially the wetlands.

This year, the World Migratory Bird Day (that falls in the month of May) is celebrated under the following theme:

Theme: Sing, fly, Soar – Like a Bird

World Migratory Bird Day

The World Migratory Bird Day is organised by the Convention on Migratory Species, environment for the Americas, Colorado-based Non-Profit Organisation and the African – Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement.

It is also celebrated by the United Nations Environment Programme.

United Nations

The United Nations established the World Migratory Bird Day in 2006. The event was founded under the United Nations Agreement on Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds.

The World Migratory Bird Day is organised by the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), Environment for the Americas and the African – Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA). The CMS and the AEWA are the two international wildlife treaties administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

National Action Plan for Conservation of Migratory Birds

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change launched the National Action Plan for Conservation of Migratory Birds on October 10, 2020. That is on the other World Migratory Day.

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