World Migratory Bird Day 2020 Statement from the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership

                                          World Migratory Bird Day 2020 video – Story of a tagged Great Knot Beak Beak (Eng)                                                                       

About the World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 as an annual awareness-raising campaign aimed at people living in all the major flyways that highlights the ecological importance of migratory birds and calls for their global conservation through international cooperation. It was established 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).In October 2017, CMS, and AEWA announced an innovative partnership that Environment for the Americas (EFTA) joined and combining International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) to WMBD. WMBD is now celebrated twice a year, on the Second Saturday in May and in October. In 2020, WMBD will be held on 9 May and 10 October.  the East Asian–Australasian Flyway Partnership has been helping by taking the lead in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway. The EAAFP Secretariat highly encourage Partners to celebrate WMBD on twice a year.

Theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2020

This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day is “Birds Connect Our World” and was chosen to highlight the importance of conserving and restoring the ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the natural movements of migratory birds and that are essential for their survival and well-being.

Ecological Connectivity and its importance

Connectivity is essential for migratory species, and important for a wide variety of ecological functions. It describes the natural and necessary movement of species and the flow of natural processes that sustain life on Earth. With 1 million species facing the risk of extinction within our generation, connectivity has become a central topic for biodiversity and sustainability. Migratory species move across the globe, running, swimming, or in the case of birds flying, connecting countries, people and continents through their migration routes. This migration can only be accomplished when animals are able to access the different sites and habitats that they rely upon along their pathways. These pathways transcend national borders, national plans and conservation priorities of any single country. Migratory birds connect countries and their conservation requires cooperation between countries and across national boundaries.

Connectivity and Birds

The flyways used by migratory birds connect different habitats. Often, these long-haul flight paths cross inhospitable terrain, such as deserts and open seas. Suitable habitats for wintering, as stop-over,staging and breeding sites are crucial for the survival of these birds. The ecological connectivity of these sites is important to the survival of migratory birds, but this it is being threatened by habitat loss and degradation. The loss or degradation of a critical stop-over site for migratory birds can have a devastating effect on the survival chances of migratory birds and lead to a defragmentation that can have a devastating effect on populations. Other threats, such as poisoning, unsustainable use, collisions with man-made objects and climate change are also having a negative impact on migratory birds around the world.

World Migratory Bird Day 2020 will therefore help raise awareness on the importance of ecological connectivity for migratory birds and complement the efforts of CMS to promote ecological connectivity and functionality, international cooperation and the conservation of migratory species within the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

Events and Registration

World Migratory Bird Day 2020 – October Events

#LegFlagChallenge Photo Contest

EAAFP, BirdLife International and Oriental Bird Club are organizing a #LegflagChallenge Photo Contest to encourage observation of waterbirds with legflags, bands and tags. The #LegflagChallenge Photo Contest aims to encourage birdwatchers, bird photographers and all kinds of citizen scientists to document and report sightings of waterbirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway that carry leg flags, tags and other types of attachments. The information drawn from these observations, in turn, are particularly valuable in helping conservationists develop plans and actions to conserve migratory birds. Your sightings contribute to conservation!

How to enter:

  1. Go out and look for waterbirds with legflags, bands and tags
  2. Take photos as clear as you can
  3. Go to this page to submit the photo

– Information to be provided for each entry*:

  • Date photograph was taken
  • Description of location and GPS coordinates
  • Species
  • Information on legflags/tags
  • Caption of a maximum of 100 words on the story of the bird in the photograph
  1. Share your photos with #LegflagChallenge to gain votes too!

Deadline: 15 November, 2020

World Migratory Bird Day 2020 Webinar

Date: 10 October, 2020 (Saturday)

Title: How can legflags on birds guide conservation

Speakers: Dr. Nigel Clark, Ms. Katherine Leung, Dr. Chi Yeung Choi

Time: 16:00 (KST) / 0700 (UTC)

Registration link:

Detailed information:


World Migratory Bird Day 2020 – May Events

Date: 29 April, 2020 (Wednesday)

Title: Bringing Good Connections to Life – EAAFP 2020 World Migratory Bird Day Webinar

Speaker: Prof. Theunis Piersma

Time: 0900-1000 CET/1600-1700 KST

Registration link:

Detailed information:




Date: 9 May, 2020 (Saturday)

Title: World Migratory Bird Day 2020 – EAAFP Virtual Fun Day

Speakers: Story-teller: Jackie Kerin, Visual Artist: Kate Gorringe-Smith, Illustrator/Pilot: Milly Formby, Musicians Simone Slattery (violin) and Anthony Albrecht (cello)

Time: 1100– 1200 (KST)/ 1200-1300 (ACT)

Registration Link:

Detailed information:



Date: 9 May, 2020 (Saturday)

Title: Invisible Connections | A concert for World Migratory Bird Day

Performers: Musicians Simone Slattery (violin) and Anthony Albrecht (cello)

Time: 5 PM – 5:30 PM UTC+07

Event Link:

Detailed information:


Resources on WMBD

The World Migratory Bird Day organizing team developed materials to support campaigns in the world. Click [here] to download.

EAAFP World Migratory Bird Day Small Grant

The Small Grant for 2020 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) has been established to provide financial support to EAAFP Partners and collaborators from EAAFP Task Forces and Working Groups who plan to organize public events and/or conservation action-oriented workshops at national or local levels through participating in the World Migratory Bird Day. We strongly encourage EAAFP Partners and collaborators to make an application for any suitable event or development of WMBD materials in local language that aims to raise awareness on the need of conserving migratory waterbirds and the value of their habitats in East Asian – Australasian Flyway.

Click [here] to download the EAAFP WMBD 2020 small grant application form. (deadline: 3 Sep 2020)

Materials for EAAF

The Secretariat will develop some materials to support campaigns across the EAAF. Please contact us if you need to convert the materials for your own local campaign.

EAAFP Secretariat
Tel: +82 32 458 6504

Translated 2020 WMBD theme and posters in EAAF languages

Languages Theme / Translation WMBD / Translation Poster
     English Birds Connect Our World World Migratory Bird Day PDF
1.    Burmese ငှက်တ ေ့ ှင်သ ် ်းခ ဘရ ဘ ဤရ မကမ္ဘ ကမ္ဘာ့ရွှေ့ပြောင်းငှက်နေ့ PDF
2.    Bengali Please refer to PDF file PDF
3.    Chinese (Simplified) 鸟类联结世界 世界候鸟日 PDF
4.    Chinese (Traditional) 鳥類連結世界 世界候鳥日 PDF
5.    Filipino Mga ibon, pinag-uugnay ang ating mundo Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Ibong Dayo PDF
6.    Indonesian Burung-burung Hubungkan Dunia Kita Hari Migrasi Burung Dunia PDF
7.    Japanese 世界をつなぐ渡り鳥 世界渡り鳥の日 PDF
8.    Khmer សត្វស្លាបភ្ជាប់ទំនាក់ទំនងពិភពលោកយើង ទិវាសត្វស្លាបទេសន្តរប្រវេសន៍ពិភពលោក PDF
9.    Korean (DPRK) 새들은 우리의 세계를 이어준다 세계철새의 날 PDF
10.  Korean (RoK) 세계를 이어주는 철새들 세계 철새의 날 PDF
11.  Malaysian (Bahasa Malaysia) Burung Menghubungkan Dunia Kita Hari Burung Hijrah Sedunia PDF
12.  Mongolian Нүүдлийн шувууд дэлхийг холбодог Дэлхийн нүүдлийн шувуудын өдөр PDF
13.  Russian Птицы объединяют нашу планету Всемирный день перелётных птиц PDF
14.  Thai นกเชื่อมโยงโลกของเรา วันนกอพยพโลก PDF


Translated WMBD 2020 videos


[EAAFP] World Migratory Bird Day 2020 (Tagalog)  [EAAFP] World Migratory Bird Day 2020 (Korean) [동아시아-대양주 철새이동경로 파트너십] 2020 세계 철새의 날 (한국어)