World Migratory Bird Day
World Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated around the world on 11-12 May 2013 in order to raise awareness and interest in migratory birds and their conservation. These events offer opportunities for local awareness-raising to celebrate the beauty of birds and the wonder of their migrations. Activities to mark the occasion include bird-watching events, educational programmes, lectures and art exhibitions.
Raising awareness for migratory birds
Since its launch in 2006, the celebration of World Migratory Bird Day each year in mid-May offers an opportunity for people to undertake local awareness raising efforts about migratory birds. These celebrations are part of awareness raising actions that are needed year-round to promote and achieve the conservation of migratory waterbirds and their habitats for the benefit of the birds and people.
Networking for migratory birds in 2013
Wetlands International is a founding partner in this annual celebration and we are happy to be joined by an increasing number of partners. ‘Networking for migratory birds’ is the theme for 2013, and over the last five decades Wetlands International has networked closely with partners to promote international flyway networks such as the East Asian – Australasian Flyway Site Network, Western/Central Asian Site Network, Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and the Critical Site Network Tool.
The International Waterbird Census annually involves a network of tens of thousands of volunteers worldwide and is the largest citizen science scheme supporting waterbird conservation, while our global waterbird Specialist Group networks provide a sound information base for these efforts.
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