What is World Migratory Bird Day?

The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual global awareness-raising campaign to celebrate the amazing journeys of migratory birds, and to inspire worldwide conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Traditionally observed on the second Saturday of May and October, the two days of World Migratory Bird Day are a way to reflect the cyclical nature of bird migration as well as the fact that there are varying peak migration periods in the northern and southern hemispheres. In 2023, WMBD will be celebrated on 13th May and 14th October.

The campaign is a joint effort of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), Environment for the Americas and the EAAFP.  On 17th March, the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) was announced as an official Partner of the World Migratory Bird Day campaign during the 11th Meeting of Partners (MOP11) of the EAAFP held in Brisbane, Australia (link). The new Partnership unites efforts to raise awareness to conserve migratory birds globally.

Official website of World Migratory Bird Day: https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/

The Theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2023

The theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2023 is “Water: Sustaining Bird Life”.  Water is fundamental to life on our planet. The vast majority of migratory birds rely on aquatic ecosystems during their life cycles. Inland and coastal wetlands, rivers, lakes, streams, marshes, and ponds are all vital for feeding, drinking, or nesting, and also as places to rest and refuel during their long journeys. On the other hand, aquatic ecosystems are becoming increasingly threatened around the world due to increasing human demand for water, integrating with problems of pollution and climate change. This imposes direct impacts on the availability of clean water and migratory birds that depend on them. This year’s World Migratory Bird Day campaign will highlight the importance of water for migratory birds and identify key actions for protecting water resources and aquatic ecosystems.

  • Check the Campaign Strategy for promoting World Migratory Bird Day, click [here].
  • WMBD 2023 Press release, visit [here].

Learn about the EAA Flyway species featured on the 2023 WMBD poster


Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Scientific name: Calidris pygmaea

Conservation status: IUCN - Critically Endangered, CMS - Appendix I

Spoon-billed Sandpiper is the rarest shorebird and endemic to the East Asian - Australasian Flyway (EAAF). Listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. It is a small shorebird with a peculiar spoon-shaped beak, thus nicknamed as “Spoony”. It breeds in the Arctic region in Russia Far East and winter at coasts in Southeast Asia. It is threatened by habitat loss and degradation, hunting and pollution at the wetlands.




Dalmatian Pelican

Scientific name: Pelecanus crispus

Conservation status: IUCN - Near Threatened, CMS - Appendix I

The Dalmatian Pelican is a large waterbird and the biggest in the Pelican species. It has a big white body and a distinctive beak with an orange or yellowish gular pouch. The bird is a short-to-medium-distance migrant. Its distribution span across Central Eurasia to southern China coast. Hunting, habitat degradation due to wetland alteration and destruction are the main threat it is facing.

Photo by Dean (Yu Deng, 邓郁) [copyright pending correction]


Sarus Crane

Scientific name: Grus antigone

Conservation status: IUCN - Vulnerable, CMS - Appendix II

Sarus Crane is a short-distance migrant with a bright red head and upper neck. They are inhabitants in wetlands and agriculture fields. There are populations rangingfrom India and Pakistan, Lower Mekong Basin including Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia Thailand, and a Australian population. They are vulnerable due to water diversions and unsustainable conversion of wetlands, habitat loss and other human disturbances.



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Resources for World Migratory Bird Day 2023

­EAAFP World Migratory Bird Day 2023 Small Grant

The Small Grant for 2023 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 aims to raise awareness of the need of conserving migratory waterbirds and the value of their habitats in the East Asian – Australasian Flyway.

For details, visit here.

Deadline of applying for the WMBD October event: 31st August, 2023.

World Migratory Bird Day 2023 Trello Board

You can download everything from WMBD 2023 Trello Board [here].

World Migratory Bird Day 2023 Activities

Come Fly With Me - 2023 World Migratory Bird Day Webinar with Sacha Dench

You are invited to join the EAAFP Team on 13 May for the Global Big Day by eBird !! Be part of our Team to record migratory waterbirds in #EAAFlyway!
  1.  Register an eBird account
  2.  Go out and watch birds, keep count of the birds you see
  3.  Submit your checklist to eBird and SHARE with "EAAFPTeam"!
 Benefit: Online version of "Birds of the World" will be FREE ACCESS starting 12th to 15th May!!!

Materials for WMBD 2023

2022 WMBD Theme and Posters in EAAF Languages

Languages Theme World Migratory Bird Day Poster links
English Water: Sustaining Bird Life World Migratory Bird Day


Burmese              ငှက်မျိုးစိတ်များ တည်တံ့ဖို့၊ ရေအရင်းအမြစ်များ ထိန်းသိမ်းစို့ ကမ္ဘာ့ရွှေ့ပြောင်းငှက်နေ့   PDF
Bengali জলাশয় সংরক্ষণ

নিরাপদ করে পাখির জীবন।

বিশ্ব পরিযায়ী পাখি দিবস        PDF
Chinese (Simplified) 水:鸟类生命之所系 世界候        PDF
Chinese (Traditional) 水:鳥類生命之所繫 世界候鳥日        PDF
Filipino Tubig: Daluyang Búhay ng mga Ibon Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Ibong Dayo                 PDF
Indonesian         Air: Menopang Kehidupan Burung Hari Migrasi Burung Sedunia     PDF
Japanese 鳥たちの命を支える水 世界渡り鳥の日  PDF
Khmer  ទឹកជួយទ្រទ្រង់ដល់និរន្តរភាពជីវិតសត្វស្លាប ទិវាសត្វស្លាបទេសន្តរប្រវេសន៍ពិភពលោក  PDF
Korean (DPRK)   세계철새의  
Korean (RoK)    물: 새의 삶을 유지하다 세계 철새의  PDF
Malaysian (Bahasa Malaysia)            Air: Melestarikan Kehidupan Burung Hari Burung Hijrah Sedunia        PDF
Mongolian          УС: Шувуудын Амьдралыг Тэтгэe Дэлхийн нүүдлийн шувуудын өдөр  PDF
Russian ВОДА: источник жизни птиц  Всемирный день перелётных птиц    PDF
Thai         วันนกอพยพโลก              
Vietnamese Nước: Duy trì sự sống của các loài chim Ngày chim di cư thế giới             PDF

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EAAFP Secretariat

E-mail: wmbd@eaaflyway.net / communication@eaaflyway.net