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World Migratory Bird Day

9 October, 2021

The first World Migratory Bird Day in 2006 was to counter some of the negative publicity migratory birds were receiving at the peak of the Avian Influenza discussion. Themes in subsequent years included:

  • the plight of migratory birds due to global warming (2007)
  • migratory birds as messengers for the conservation of biodiversity worldwide (2008)
  • the threat of man-made barriers/obstacles (e.g., wind turbines, power lines, tall buildings) to migratory birds (2009)
  • critically endangered migratory birds (2010)
  • the effect of land use change (e.g., natural areas into agricultural land; construction of buildings, roads and dams; deforestation) on migratory bird populations (2011)
  • cultural relationships between birds and people (2012)
  • networking for migratory birds (2013)
  • migratory birds and tourism (2014)
  • making energy bird-friendly (2015; see also AEWA – the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds)
  • illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds (2016)
  • birds conservation is crucial for the future of humankind (2017)
  • major migratory bird corridors (African-Eurasian, the East Asian-Australasian, Americas) (2018; and two annual events commenced – one in May and one in October)
  • protect birds by removing and preventing plastic pollution (2019)
  • birds connect our world (2020)


Image: African-Eurasian Flyway

Img: Americas Flyway

Image: East Asian-Australasiam Flyway