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Celebrate the Stunning Phenomenon of Bird Migration

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World Migratory Bird Day is a day to honor and celebrate migratory birds, as well as discuss and discover ways to conserve them. 

 

 

Our earth and the creatures on it are dynamic. Fish, whales, birds and bears traverse the planet’s heights and its depths moving to breeding grounds, feeding grounds, and places of rest. Of all these creatures, perhaps no migratory animal is more iconic than the migratory bird. We know spring has arrived when we see the first robin, and just as soon as this miraculous bird disappears, we know we must prepare ourselves for winter again.

 

This year, the weekend of May 10-11 marks World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2014. WMBD is a global initiative dedicated to celebrating migratory birds and to promoting their worldwide conservation. The Secretariats of the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals and other partners are organizing this event.

 

The theme this year links the topic of migratory birds with tourism, and focuses on the global bird- and wildlife-watching industry and sustainable tourism as vehicles to conserve migratory birds and their habitats.

 

In a special feature of WMBD, organizers plan to work closely with the United Nations World Tourism Organization to promote the “Destination Flyaways” project, an effort to protect migratory birds and their habitats along with sustainable livelihoods for local communities via the development of innovative tourism products along the world’s major flyways.


 

What You Can Do

 

 

 

Check Out the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, a treaty of the United Nations Environment Program. 

 

Learn about the “Destination Flyways” Project of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO),  which protects migratory birds and their habitats by the creating sustainable livelihoods for local communities through the development of innovative tourism products along the world’s major flyways.

 

Be Awed by the stunningly beautiful and poignant documentary, Winged Migration.  Here's a trailer: