Second Saturday of May: World Migratory Bird Day
The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2018 was observed across the world on May 12, 2018, that is the second Saturday of the month of May.
Theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2018
The theme for WMBD 2018 was ‘Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation’.
• The Day highlights the interdependence of people and nature, and more especially people and migratory animals - in particular birds.
• The Day is observed with an aim to raise awareness and highlight the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats.
When was the Day proclaimed?
• The World Migratory Bird Day is an annual global celebration initiated in 2006 by the United Nations.
• The event was founded as an effort of the UN's Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement).
• The Agreement is an independent international treaty developed under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme's Convention on Migratory Species.
• The agreement focuses on bird species that depend on wetlands for at least part of their lifecycle and cross international borders in their migration patterns. It currently covers 254 species.
• In October 2017, on the sidelines of the CMS COP12 in Manila, Environment for the Americas (EFTA), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) announced their partnership.
• The partnership formally united the International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) to strengthen global recognition and appreciation of migratory birds.
• The new joint campaign adopted the single name of "World Migratory Bird Day" that will be organised twice a year on the second Saturdays in May and in October.