• World Migratory Bird Day 2022 calls for reducing Light Pollution for migratory birds

    “Light Pollution” is this year’s theme of World Migratory Bird Day, an UN-backed celebrated awareness-raising campaign aiming to inspire the worldwide conservation of both migratory birds and their habitats. With the official slogan “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night!”, this global campaign focus on the impacts of light pollution on migratory birds. Our Earth continues to become brighter by 2% each year, light pollution has become an increasing problem for nature. A study told us that nowadays, more than 80% of the world's population lives under a “lit sky”. Humans are negatively affected by light pollution, with increasing risks of sleep disorders, diabetes, depression and other health problems. Light Pollution is also significantly impacting wildlife and ecosystems Every year, light pollution contributes to the death of millions of birds, especially the nocturnal migrant. It also interferes with birds’ internal clocks, vocal communication, foraging behaviors and disrupts migrations. Many studies showed that artificial lights at night (ALAN) attract and disorient birds flying at night, causing them to circle in illuminated areas, depleting their energy reserves and putting them at risk of exhaustion, predation and lethal collision. Seabirds are vulnerable to artificial Light at night, in East Asian-Australasian Flyway, a 15-year study showed light pollution caused the mortality of 39% of Short-tailed Shearwater fledglings on Phillip Island, Australia. The effects of light pollution on migratory birds unfortunately have not been extensively studied and discussed in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway, yet the campaign this year shed light to generate awareness from the public as well as encourage studies and concrete actions from key stakeholders to address it. Solutions are Readily Available People started to realize the problem and solutions to address the impacts of light pollution are readily available. For example, the Australian Government (EAAFP Partner) proposed Resolution 13.5 “Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife” which was adopted during the 13th Conference of the Parties to CMS in 2020. Numerous governments, cities, companies, and communities around the world are already taking steps to address light pollution. New guidelines focusing on migratory landbirds and bats are currently being developed under CMS. They will be presented to CMS Parties for adoption at the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CMS in 2023. Natural darkness has conservation value in the same way as clean water, air, and soil, and should be protected. World Migratory Bird Day 2022 – Animated Promo Video About World Migratory Bird Day Launched in 2006, WMBD was established and initiated by the Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (UNEP-AEWA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and partnered with Environment for the Americas (EFTA) since 2017. WMBD is now celebrated twice every year, on the 2nd Saturday in May and October. People around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, educational and promotional programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate WMBD. Official website: https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/ Read also: The Australian Government: National Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife Including Marine Turtles, Seabirds and Migratory Shorebirds, and a series of promotional materials, click hereto find out more. Global Press release on WMBD: https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/news/2022/press-release-world-migratory-bird-day-light-pollution-threatens-birds-across-world Resources: 2022 WMBD 2022 Campaign Strategy: https://www.cms.int/sites/default/files/publication/wmbd_2022_campaign_strategy_light_pollution.pdf WMBD global social media package: https://trello.com/b/GCeoS3bc/world-migratory-bird-day-2022-global-social-media-pack EAAFP 2022 WMBD website, posters and resources: https://www.eaaflyway.net/world-migratory-bird-day-2022/ EAAFP 2022 WMBD Factsheet


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  • “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night!” – The World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Slogan Announced!

    ©NASA Space Observatory “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night!” has been selected as the official slogan of the 2022 edition of the UN-backed global World Migratory Bird Day campaign and was officially announced on 25th February 2022. This year, the campaign’s focus is on the impacts of light pollution on migratory birds. “World Migratory Bird Day 2022 is not only about raising awareness on the negative effects of light pollution on migratory birds. We also hope the campaign will trigger concrete commitments and pledges from Parties, cities, and other key stakeholders across the world,” said Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of  Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). With the two peak days of the campaign, the aim is to raise awareness around the issue in May and initiate concrete actions to tackle light pollution in October.  Best practice guidelines are currently being developed under the Convention on Migratory Species to address this growing issue and ensure that action is taken globally to help birds migrate safely. Artificial light is increasing globally by at least 2 per cent per year and it is known to adversely affect many bird species. Light pollution is a significant threat to migratory birds, causing disorientation when they fly at night, leading to collisions with buildings, interfering with their internal clocks, or interfering with their ability to undertake long-distance migrations. “This year’s campaign highlights the impacts of the increasing but underestimated threat of light pollution on migratory birds. “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night” sends a simple but strong message that we need to act collectively to curb the use of unnecessary light at night so that we can reduce the negative impact it has on migratory birds,” said Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of AEWA. Solutions to light pollution are readily available. For instance, more and more cities in the world are taking measures to dim building lights during migration phases in spring and autumn. Further information about the impacts of light pollution on migratory birds and steps one can take to address this issue will be made available on the WMBD website throughout the year. We encourage event organizers to start thinking of ways to incorporate the theme of light pollution and the slogan into their planned World Migratory Bird Day 2022 events and activities. For more information and to register WMBD events please visit: www.worldmigratorybirdday.org Related content: CMS COP13 Resolutions and Decisions on Addressing Light Pollution Resolution 13.5 - Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife Annex of Resolution 13.5 - National Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife including Marine Turtles, Seabirds and Migratory Shorebirds Decisions 13.138 to 13.139 - Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife Official announcement: https://www.cms.int/en/news/dim-lights-birds-night-%E2%80%93-world-migratory-bird-day-2022-slogan-announced


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  • 2021 in Review: Work and achievements of EAAFP Partners and Secretariat

    Development of the Flyway Site Network 1. Welcome Taehwa River in Ro Korea and Sarobetsu Wetland in Japan as New Flyway Network Sites In 2021, two new Flyway Network Sites…


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  • Learn about Migratory Shorebirds with Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve!

    Shorebird migration is one of Nature’s most enigmatic phenomena. To increase awareness and understanding on these amazing birds, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve created ‘Shorebird Migration’, an educational video that…


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  • World Migratory Bird Day 2021 October Event – Cambodia

    Event Title : World Migratory Bird Day event in Toul Pantaley Boeung Sna Multiple Used Area, Cambodia Organizer: -General Directorate…


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  • World Migratory Bird Day 2021 May Event –Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural Univeristy (SAU), Bangladesh

      Event Title: Celebration of WMBD 2021 through awareness campaign, online discussion and developing promotional materials for…


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  • World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Theme to Focus on Light Pollution

     Light Pollution will be the focus of the World Migratory Bird Day 2022 campaign. Artificial light is increasing globally by at least 2%…


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  • World Migratory Bird Day 2021 Oct Event – Bangladesh (Bangladesh Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Project)

    ©️ Bangladesh Spoon-billed Sandpiper Conservation Project/BSCP Event Title: Shorebird conservation campaign Event date: 27-28 October, 2021 Event Site: Sonadia…


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  • World Migratory Bird Day 2021 Oct Event – Nature Conservation Society Myanmar

    ©️ RBANCA Event Title: World Migratory Bird Day event at Nanthar Island and Mayyu Estuary Event Date: 8th – 10th October…


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  • World Migratory Bird Day 2021 October Event– BIOPALAS, Indonesia

    Event Title : Migrasi Burung di Tengah Pandemi Organizer: Biologi Pecinta Alam dan Studi Lingkungan Hidup (BIOPALAS) Himpunan Mahasiswa Biologi USU (HIMABIO USU)  Date:  30th September…


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