What is World Migratory Bird Day?

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) in 2006, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign aimed at people living in all major flyways that are of ecological importance to migratory birds; and calls for the global conservation of migratory birds through international cooperation.

In October 2017, CMS and AEWA announced an innovative partnership with Environment for the Americas (EFTA), combining International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) with WMBD. WMBD is now celebrated twice a year, on the second Saturdays of May and October. In 2022, WMBD will be held on 14 May and 8 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 twice a year.

The Theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2022

The theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day Dim the Light for Birds at Night!” invites everyone to dim unnecessary lights at night to reduce light pollution for the safe passage of migratory birds. Light pollution is a big problem for migrating birds, especially those who migrate at night as it can not only disorient them and cause them to collide into buildings but also disrupt their biological rhythms. WMBD this year hopes to bring this issue to light and encourage concrete actions from key stakeholders to address it.

EAAFP World Migratory Bird Day Press release, click here.


2022 WMBD message from Chief Executive Mr. Doug Watkins

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EAAFP World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Small Grant

The Small Grant for 2022 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) has been established to provide financial support for EAAFP Partners and collaborators from EAAFP Task Forces and Working Groups, who plan on organizing public events and/or conservation action-oriented workshops at national or local levels for 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 languages, that aim to raise awareness on the need of conserving migratory waterbirds and the value of their habitats in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway.

Click [here] to see the successful applicants for the 2022 EAAFP WMBD May Small Grant Fund.
Click [here] to see the successful applicants for the 2022 EAAFP WMBD October Small Grant Fund.

World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Webinar

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

The Invisible Natural Spectacle Happening Over Our Heads As We Sleep: Nocturnal Bird Migration In Beijing


Session 1: Overview of Light Pollution Impact

Session 2: Solutions and Policies to tackle Light Pollution

Learn more, click [here].

WMBD 2022 Webinar from Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve of National Parks in Singapore

Learn more, click [here].




‘WMBD 2022 Birdwatching Programme in Seoul’ by Seoul Science Center X EAAFP Secretariat X Hangang Park




Materials for WMBD 2022

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


The Australian Government launched a National Light Pollution Guidelines for Wildlife Including Marine Turtles, Seabirds and Migratory Shorebirds on light pollution and a series of promotional materials, click hereto find out more.



World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Campaign Strategy



World Migratory Bird Day 2022 Campaign Strategy

Official Press Release of WMBD 2022 October event by CMS

2022 WMBD Theme and Posters in EAAF Languages

Languages Theme WMBD Poster
English Dim the Lights for Birds at Night! World Migratory Bird Day PDF
Burmese ငှက်များအတွက် မီးရောင်မှိန်မှိန် ညအချိန် ကမ္ဘာ့ရွှေ့ပြောင်းငှက်နေ့ PDF
Bengali ম্লান করলে রাতের আলো পাখিরা থাকবে আরো ভালো বিশ্ব পরিযায়ী পাখি দিবস PDF
Chinese (Simplified) 熄灯,让候鸟安全回家 世界候鸟日 PDF
Chinese (Traditional) 熄燈,讓候鳥安全回家 世界候鳥日 PDF
Filipino Palamlamin ang ilaw nang ang ibon di masilaw Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Ibong Dayo PDF
Indonesian Redupkan Cahaya di Malam Hari untuk Burung Bermigrasi Hari Migrasi Burung Sedunia PDF
Japanese 地球にも渡り鳥にも優しく。夜はライトダウンしよう! 世界渡り鳥の日 PDF
Khmer កាត់បន្ថយការប្រើប្រាស់ពន្លឺជាអតិបរិមានៅពេលយប់សម្រាប់សត្វស្លាប ទិវាសត្វស្លាបទេសន្តរប្រវេសន៍ពិភពលោក PDF
Korean (DPRK) 새들을 위해 밤에 불을 끕시다 세계철새의 날 PDF
Korean (RoK) 새들의 밤을 위해 불을 꺼주세요 세계 철새의 날 PDF
Malaysian (Bahasa Malaysia) Malapkan cahaya waktu malam demi burung! Hari Burung Hijrah Sedunia PDF
Mongolian Шувуудын төлөө шөнийн гэрлээ бүдгэрүүлцгээе! Дэлхийн нүүдлийн шувуудын өдөр PDF
Russian Притуши огни ради птиц в ночи! Всемирный день перелётных птиц PDF
Thai ลดแสงไฟ เพื่อให้ทางนก หลังตะวันตกดิน วันนกอพยพโลก PDF
Vietnamese Giảm đèn, nhường lối cho chim di cư! Ngày chim di cư thế giới PDF


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2022 WMBD Infographic

Click [here] to view the successful applicants of previous WMBD Small Grant Funds.

See how WMBD was celebrated in the previous years, click [here].