World Migratory Bird Day - 13 May

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World Migratory Bird Day 2023 was observed on 13 May this year with an aim to focus on the conservation of migratory birds.

An overview of the news

  • Migratory birds are those birds that migrate to other parts of the world other than their native places to escape the winter season.

  • Migratory birds travel thousands of miles each year, often facing numerous challenges such as habitat loss, climate change, and illegal hunting along their journey.

  • Many migratory bird species are declining in population, and their disappearance can have significant ecological and economic consequences.

  • World Migratory Bird Day aims to promote international cooperation to conserve migratory birds and their habitats through awareness-raising, education, and conservation actions.

  • Individuals can contribute to the conservation of migratory birds by taking simple actions such as reducing their use of plastic, supporting bird-friendly policies and practices, and reporting any illegal activities related to migratory birds.

  • Through collective efforts, we can help ensure the survival and well-being of migratory birds, which play a vital role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems and sustaining biodiversity.

  • Theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2023 is ‘Water and its importance for migratory birds’.

Background of the day

  • The day was first initiated in 2006 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS).

  • Since its inception, World Migratory Bird Day has grown to become a global event celebrated in over 100 countries, involving various organizations, governments, and individuals.

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