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World Migratory Bird Day

Taking place on the closest weekend to 10 May each year.

Highlighting the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats.

Updated 1 year ago

World Migratory Bird Day is a global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats. On the closest weekend to 10 May each year, people around the world come together in order to take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate the Day. All events are linked through a single global campaign and theme. The theme for 2017, "Their Future is Our Future", aimed at raising awareness on the need for a sustainable management of our natural resources, demonstrating that bird conservation is also crucial for the future of humankind. You can find further information about the day and the annual theme on the WMBD website or on the WMBD Facebook Page. Migratory birds are a great illustration of global interconnectedness. The birds we see in the UK in summer may have spent the winter in warmer climes. Changes to the environment or the climate in one country can have an impact on the bird migration to another country. And laws protecting birds in one country may not exist in another. You can find further information, including a migration world map, on the Migration pages of the RSPB Learn website.