World Migratory Bird Day: “Barriers to Migration”



World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), the fourth to be held, will this year take place over 10-11 May.


This year’s theme will be “Barriers to Migration” – and aims to raise awareness of man-made obstacles to migratory birds.


This year the WMBD aims to raise awareness on barriers to migration by encouraging national authorities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), clubs and societies, universities, schools and individuals around the World to organize events and awareness-raising programmes which will help draw attention to the many man-made obstacles migratory birds face.  Planned activities may include bird-watching events, educational programmes, lectures, art exhibitions or public events.


The WMBD was first initiated by the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) together with the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) in 2006 as a global awareness-raising campaign with the aim to promote conservation of migratory birds and their habitats worldwide.


All ACAP-listed species are migratory, in the sense that while at sea away from their breeding sites they regularly travel into international waters, crossing territorial sea and Exclusive Economic Zone boundaries on their way.


Posted by John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 20 March 2009

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