World Migratory Bird Day is a global awareness-raising campaign about the safeguarding of migratory birds and their habitats. Many species of birds are disappearing across the world and the ongoing loss and degradation of biodiversity have also been related to the kinds of infectious diseases that we are now battling.
This global campaign is an important platform to increase public awareness of migratory birds and the threats faced by them and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. World Migratory Bird Day is observed annually on every second Saturday of May. This year World Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated on Saturday 14th May 2022.
What’s the Theme for World Migratory Bird Day 2022?
The theme for World Migratory Day 2022 is ‘Birds Connect Our World’. The migratory routes of different animals cover a wide range of habitats. This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2022 will focus on Light Pollution. Migratory birds have to survive on the entire migratory routes across a network of intact ecosystems.
They cross distinct lands that would not have any connection otherwise, such as deserts and oceans. This day will celebrate how birds connect these habitats as well as the people that live there too.
World Migratory Day 2022: History
As there is a growth in the human population on earth, many of the most breeding sites for migratory birds are suffering as a result. The degradation of these areas around the world could have a disturbing effect on migratory birds. So this year’s World Migratory Day 2022 is also about raising awareness of the importance of protecting these key sites.
World Migratory Bird Day was initiated in 2006 by The African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement, Convention on Migratory Species, and Environment for the Americas have joined together to boost the recognition and global awareness of the migratory birds.
The number of migratory birds is decreasing day by day to various threats like illegal killing, toxins released into the environment, and destruction of the natural habitat. Since these migratory birds connect the people, nations, and the whole ecosystem, therefore World Migratory Day highlights taking more measures for their conservation.
Learn more about World Migratory Bird Day, and how you can get involved in it.