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 2021, WMBD will be held on 8 May and 9 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 2021

This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day “Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a bird!” is inviting people from all over the world to appreciate migratory birds and reflect on the relationship with nature by listening to and watching birds. The campaign is focusing on the phenomena of “bird song” and “bird flight” to inspire and connect people in the shared desire to celebrate and protect migratory birds and their habitats, as migratory birds continue to sing, fly, and soar between their breeding and non-breeding sites.

EAAFP World Migratory Bird Day Press release, click here.

Join us to Celebrate WMBD 2021

 World Migratory Bird Day 2021 statement from the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership


World Migratory Bird Day Virtual Choir 2021

Events and Registration

World Migratory Bird Day 2021 – October Events


EAAFP Secretariat is teaming up with the Oriental Bird Club, BirdLife International and the Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force, to launch the #legflagchallenge social media campaign. The #legflagchallenge campaign encourages birdwatchers, bird photographers and all kinds of citizen scientists to observe, document and report sightings of waterbirds in the countries of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.



Here is this year’s #legflagchallenge challenge:

  1. Go out to the field and take a photo of migratory waterbirds with leg flags, tags, bands,
  2. Post it on Facebook, mark the date, locations of the photo taken, species and tag information
  3. Hashtag #legflagchallenge
  4. Tag 3 friends to take this challenge

Detailed information: https://www.eaaflyway.net/join-the-legflagchallenge/




World Migratory Bird Day 2021 Webinar

Date: 7 October, 2021 (Thursday)

Title: “Join the quest of legflag challenge!” – 2021 WMBD webinar #1

Speakers: Dr. Lee Kisup, Prof. Marcel Klaassen

Time: 15:00 (KST)

Registration link: 


Detailed information: https://www.eaaflyway.net/join-the-quest-of-legflag-challenge-2021-wmbd-webinar-1/ 


Date: 8 October, 2021 (Friday)

Title: “Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Shorebird in EAA Flyway” – 2021 WMBD webinar #2

Speakers: Iwan Febrianto, Philipp N. Maleko

Time: 16:30 (KST)

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqdO2srT4rGdQOjcKp7Vaii6W5xhGI7Y-n

Detailed information: https://www.eaaflyway.net/sing-fly-soar-like-a-shorebird-in-eaa-flyway-2021-wmbd-webinar-2/



Date: 9 October, 2021 (Saturday)

Title: WMBD 2021 puppet show “The Boy with Wings”

Produced by: Birdlife Productions

Time: 15:00 (KST)

Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsceGgpjIoGdQPBNiuofAZD-lMuYRmbxVG 

Detailed information: https://www.eaaflyway.net/wmbd-2021-puppet-show-the-boy-with-wings/ 




World Migratory Bird Day 2021 – May Events

World Migratory Bird Day Virtual Choir

EAAFP is hosting the very first World Migratory Bird Day Virtual Choir to celebrate 2021 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), together with the music group Bowerbird Collective. Participants from all over the world are invited to join by recording themselves signing along to a newly created song or imitating the sounds or virtuosic whistling of their favourite migratory bird.

How to join:

  1. Get Prepared
  2. Set up your devices
  3. Sing like a bird! and record
  4. Submit your video

Check the steps: www.wmbdchoir.com

Submission Deadline: 20 April, 2021



Ask an Expert Anything!

The general public are invited to ask experts any questions on migratory waterbirds and their habitats in the EAA Flyway. These questions can be general or advanced on any topics related to migratory waterbirds. The submitted questions will be selected and shared with  experts in the relevant field. A short video of the expert answering the questions will be shared on 8th May, during WMBD 2021.

How to ask a question:


WMBD Small Grant Projects

The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) Small Grant was established to provide financial support to EAAFP Partners 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. Click [here] to view the successful applicants of WMBD Small Grant Fund May 2021.

Join the events organized by our WMBD Small Grant Fund project.

Stories of Home

  • Organized by: Over-wintering Project, Australia.
  • Activities: Engaging local youth to create stories or poems, live performances and exhibitions.
  • Date and Time: 8 May 2021.
Conservation of Wildlife Migratory Bird and Wetland Areas in Misamis Occidental, Philippines through Advocacy and Capacity Development

  • Organized by: Misamis University, Philippines in partnership with DENR-PENRO, Misamis Occidental, Region 10, Philippines.
  • Activities: Awareness on wildlife migratory birds and its importance, lecture, workshop, development and installation of signage and posters as IEC campaign materials, coastal clean up and bird watching in one of the wetland areas in Misamis Occidental.
  • Date and Time: 8 May 2021.
Winaityinaityi Pangkara – The Country of the Birds

Jeffrey Newchurch and Lynette Crocker, two elders integral to the establishment of Winaityinaityi Pangkara, the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, reflect on the importance of this place to the Northern Kaurna people. Joined by Joan Gibbs from the Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.


WMBD 2021 Messages from EAAFP Partners

ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)

Japan Focal Point

Representative of Indonesia to EAAFP

Mongolia Focal Point

Hong Kong Birdwatching Society (HKBWS)

Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT)

Hanns Seidel Foundation, Korea (HSF)

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 2021 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 application form, and submit by 20 August.

EAAFP Special e-Newsletter

Click [here] to read the e-Newsletter on WMBD 2021 events and activities.

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
E-mail: wmbd@eaaflyway.net

Translated 2021 WMBD theme and posters in EAAF languages

Languages Theme WMBD PDF
     English Sing, Fly, Sour – Like a bird! World Migratory Bird Day 2021 PDF
1.    Burmese လေဟုန်ကိုခွင်း ပျံသန်းရင်း တေးသံသီဆို ငှက်တစ်ကောင်လို ကမ္ဘာ့ရွှေ့ပြောင်းငှက်နေ့ PDF
2.    Bengali পাখির মতো গান গাই, উড়ে বেড়াই আর ভেসে বেড়াই। বিশ্ব পরিযায়ী পাখি দিবস PDF
3.    Chinese (Simplified) 如鸟儿般 – 歌唱、飞舞、翱翔! 世界候鸟日 PDF
4.    Chinese (Traditional) 如鳥兒般 – 歌唱、飛舞、翱翔! 世界候鳥日 PDF
5.    Filipino Umawit, lumipad, sumalimbay gaya ng isang ibon! Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Ibong Dayo PDF
6.    Filipino (Bisaya) Pag-awit ,  pag-lupad  pataas sama   sa usa ka Langgam Pangkalibutanong Adlaw sa mga Langyaw nga Kalanggaman PDF
7.    Indonesian Bernyanyi, Terbang, Melambung, seperti burung! Hari Migrasi Burung Sedunia 2021 PDF
8.    Japanese 歌え、飛べ、羽ばたけ! 鳥のように 世界渡り鳥の日 PDF
9.    Khmer ច្រៀង ហោះហើរ និងសំកាំង – ដូចសត្វស្លាប! ទិវាសត្វស្លាបទេសន្តរប្រវេសន៍ពិភពលោក PDF
10.   Korean (DPRK) 새처럼 노래하고 날으며 솟아오르라 세계철새의 날 PDF
11.  Korean (RoK) 새처럼 날고, 노래하고, 비상하라! 2021 세계 철새의 날 PDF
12.  Malaysian (Bahasa Malaysia) Nyanyi, Terbang dan Melayang –  Seperti burung! Hari Burung Hijrah Sedunia PDF
13.  Mongolian Шувуу шиг дуулан, дүүлэн нис! Дэлхийн нүүдлийн шувуудын өдөр PDF
14.  Russian Пой, летай, пари – как птица! Всемирный день перелётных птиц PDF
15.  Thai ขับขาน โบยบิน ดั่งนก วันนกอพยพโลก PDF