World Migratory Bird Day: Online Events and Global Meetings (Download PDF)

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World Migratory Bird Day

  • The World Migratory Bird Day was celebrated this year with online events and global meetings.
  • The World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated to protect the migratory birds and their habitat.
  • The World Migratory Bird day is celebrated twice in a year.
  • It has coincided with the peak time of bird migration both in May and October for the first time.
World Migratory Bird Day


  • The World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated twice a year- on the second Saturday of May and in October.
  • The day is observed with the aim to raise awareness and highlight the importance and need to protect migratory birds and their habitats.
  • One in eight migratory birds is being threatened with extinction and around 40 per cent of migratory birds are endangered.
  • The major reasons for the extinction are-
    • Habitat loss and degradation
    • Collision with badly placed power lines and wind turbines
    • Unsustainable harvesting
    • Illegal killing and taking of birds
    • Poisoning which is released when fired a shotgun
  • The United Nations decided to celebrate this day in 2006.
  • In 2020, the World Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated on 9 May and 10 October.
  • The day is celebrated by a collaborative partnership between
    • the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
    • the African Eurasian Migratory Water bird Agreement (AEWA) and
    • the Colorado based not-for-profit organization Environment for the Americas (ETFA)
  • The theme for this year is ‘Birds Connect Our World’ .
  • The theme visions to put focus on conservation and restoration of ecological balance, both of which have critical role to play in survival of migratory birds.
  • According to CMS and AEWA, the destruction of wild areas can lead to infectious diseases.
  • Cyclones, wildfires and other natural disasters also destroy migratory bird habitats.
  • Another threat to bird population is poaching.
  • Wildlife and their habitats need to be protected in mission mode to maintain balance in nature.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 3, 2020

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