when is world bird day

World Migratory Bird Day 2024

World Migratory Bird Day is officially observed on the second Saturday in October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean (October 12th in 2024), and on the second Saturday in May in the US and Canada (May 11th in 2024). But you can celebrate birds and have events any day of the year because every day is Bird Day!

when is world bird day

This year’s World Migratory Bird Day, an international initiative to increase awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them, focuses on insects and their significance to migratory birds.

Many migratory bird species rely heavily on insects as their primary energy source not only during breeding seasons but also during their long migrations, which has a significant impact on the timing, length, and overall success of these migrations. During their stops along their migration routes, birds actively search for insects in wetlands, forests, fields, and other habitats. Bird migration frequently occurs at times when insect abundance is at its peak at stopover sites, providing food for the birds to refuel before continuing their journeys.

The survival and well-being of birds are threatened by the decline and disturbance of insect populations at breeding sites and along avian migration routes. Insect populations may decline as a result of natural areas like forests and grasslands that have been altered or put in danger by intensive agriculture, urban development, and its byproducts like light pollution. Herbicides and pesticides intended to safeguard crops kill insects that serve as food for birds. A lack of insects high in protein and energy can disrupt bird migration and breeding, impairing immune systems, decreasing the success of reproduction, and raising mortality rates for both adult and juvenile birds.

The pollination process and pest control that birds perform are vital to ecosystem functions, and their absence causes disturbances. Without their natural avian predators, an overabundance of some insects can also result in outbreaks that harm agriculture and plant health.

In 2024, the World Migratory Bird Day campaign will emphasize the importance of taking proactive steps to conserve wildlife. This entails cutting back on fertilizer and pesticide use and, if practical, converting to organic farming. In agricultural landscapes, other measures include preserving and connecting areas of native vegetation that serve as a source of food and shelter for birds and other species.

World Migratory Bird Day will be observed on two days in 2024—May 11, and October 12, in accordance with the cyclical pattern of avian migration across the hemispheres.

The African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), Environment for the Americas, the EAAFP, and the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) are working together on the campaign. The East Asian-Australasian Flyway will see increased engagement and awareness for migratory birds with the addition of the EAAFP to this Partnership.

Contact us at info@environmentamericas.org with any questions.

The ad this year emphasizes how crucial insects are to bird life. We’ll go over easy actions that anyone can take to protect birds and preserve insects.

“Water: Sustaining Bird Life”

WMBD 2023 Campaign Slogan

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FAQ

Is there an International Bird Day?

World Migratory Bird Day is officially celebrated on the second Saturday of May in Canada and the US (May 11th in 2024), and the second Saturday of October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean (October 12nd in 2024).

Is there a National Bird Day on May 4?

Bird Day was established by Charles Almanzo Babcock, the Oil City superintendent of schools, in 1894. It was the first holiday in the United States dedicated to the celebration of birds. Babcock intended it to advance bird conservation as a moral value. It is celebrated on May 4 of every year.

What bird day is today?

Nature lovers, bird lovers, and bird watchers across the country annually recognize National Bird Day on January 5th. It’s also one of several designated holidays celebrating birds.

What is America’s national holiday bird?

The bald eagle has been the national bird of the United States since 1782, a symbol of pride and strength that earned it a place on the seal of the United States.