What is WMBD?
Launched in 2006, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annually celebrated awareness-raising campaign aiming to inspire the worldwide conservation of both migratory birds and their environments. The global campaign is organized by two international wildlife treaties administered by the (UNEP) – (CMS), and (AEWA).
The theme for WMBD 2016 was ‘Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds.’ In countries of the EAAF, many resident and migratory bird species are illegally taken or killed. While certain countries have very strong legislation against the killing of wild birds, in others the legislation is weak or poorly enforced.
World Migratory Bird Day 2019
With the theme “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!,” WMBD 2019 highlights the impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats. This is an opportunity for different stakeholders to discuss possible and practical solutions to plastic pollution in the World. We all have the responsibility, so let’s take actions to tackle this global issue!
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.
World Migratory Bird Day 2023
This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day "Water: Sustaining Bird Life" highlights the importance of water for migratory birds and identifies key actions for protecting water resources and aquatic ecosystems.
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.
World Migratory Bird Day 2022
This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night!” invites everyone to dim unnecessary lights at night to reduce light pollution for the safe passage of migratory birds.