World Migratory Bird Day-9 May
World Migratory Bird Day-9 May

World Migratory Bird Day-9 May

  • It is an annual event that is celebrated to raise awareness about conservation and ecological importance of migratory birds in the global ecosystem.
  • Every year people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD


  • Theme-“Birds Connect Our World”.
  • This theme was chosenin order to highlight the importance of conservation and restoration of ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the movement of these birds.
  • It is a UN-led campaign that aims to raise awareness of migratory birds and the importance of international cooperation to conserve them.
  • It is organized by a collaborative partnership among two UN treaties – the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) – and the Colorado-based non-profit organization, Environment for the Americas (EFTA).


  • It was for the first time celebrated in 2006 by the Secretariat of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).
  • It was originally celebrated in 1993 by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology to encourage bird festivals and education programmes across the Americas.
  • On the occasion of its 10th anniversary in 2005, the AEWA Secretariat initiated the Migratory Waterbird Days (MWD) which were held in Africa, Europe and parts of Asia.
  • The very first World Migratory Bird Day was launched by AEWA and CMS on the weekend of 8-9 April 2006 on Ms. Kuki Gallmann’s famous wildlife reserve ‘Ole Ari Nyiro’ in Laikipia, Kenya.

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