11-12.05.2013 | UNEP/AEWA: World Migratory Bird Day 2013 – "Networking for migratory birds"

Each year on the second weekend in May, dedicated organizations and people around the world plan World Migratory Bird Day events to celebrate migratory birds in their region and to raise awareness about the need for their conservation. Since World Migratory Bird Day began in 2006, events have reached 118 countries. In 2012 alone, over 250 events were celebrated for World Migratory Bird Day and this year we hope to motivate even more people and organizations to connect and work together towards conserving migratory birds worldwide.

This year’s World Migratory Bird Day theme is “Networking for migratory birds”. It aims to emphasize the mutual importance of ecological networks and networks between organizations and individuals for the long-term conservation of migratory birds. Learn More about this Year’s Theme

Ecological Networks for Migratory Birds
Migratory birds travel huge distances along their migration routes, sometimes even tens of thousands of kilometres. This year’s World Migratory Bird Day theme “Networking for migratory birds” highlights the importance of networks of sites for migratory birds along their migration routes. These connected sites act like ‘stepping stones’ birds use to migrate and are important for resting, feeding, breeding and wintering.

Many sites that birds depend on are under threat from human activities, thereby posing a grave risk to migratory bird species. Direct human activities such as land reclamation and deforestation, as well as indirect human influences such as climate change, damage these sites through habitat fragmentation and degradation. Large numbers of important sites have already been damaged, or lost entirely. The conservation of these important sites is crucial for the protection of avian migratory species. Learn More about Ecological Networks

Working Together to Conserve Migratory Birds
This year’s theme also highlights the importance of networking and connecting globally amongst governments, conservation organizations and dedicated people to conserve migratory birds. Joint action in the form of international cooperation is needed, since conservation efforts in one country can be completely jeopardized by the loss of a single site in another area or country. World Migratory Bird Day aims to encourage the international community that shares migratory birds – governments, conservation organizations and dedicated people alike – to further work together to conserve migratory birds. Learn More about International Migratory Bird Conservation

Support Migratory Birds through an Event!
Join the celebration of a great natural wonder on World Migratory Bird Day! We invite everyone to join us to celebrate, conserve and raise awareness of migratory birds on 11-12 May 2013 by holding bird-watching events, educational programmes, lectures, art exhibitions, competitions and other public events. However you decide to participate, your contribution will help make a difference! Learn More about How Others Celebrate WMBD
We encourage all event organizers to register their events on the WMBD website so we can add them to the global World Migratory Bird Day Event Map at: www.worldmigratorybirdday.org

Free WMBD Poster, Postcard and Sticker Package
We are pleased to offer this year’s poster in English, French, Spanish and German. Free poster packages can be ordered by organizers to help promote their events. You can register your events, order posters and find more information on the new 2013 World Migratory Bird Day website at: www.worldmigratorybirdday.org

The poster and other materials are also available in electronic format on the World Migratory Bird Day website. You can download the materials in different formats (including the original design files) and use them to print and customize the materials for your local context and use. [Download Electronic Versions of the 2013 Poster]
You can also keep in touch with the growing World Migratory Bird Day Community and get updates on the latest developments and news relating to the campaign on Facebook and Twitter:

Background Information
World Migratory Bird Day was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. World Migratory Bird Day is jointly organized by the Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) – two international wildlife treaties administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – and a growing number of partners.


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This year’s campaign is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), which we acknowledge with great gratitude.