Each year on the second weekend in May, people
from all over the world come together to celebrate the remarkable phenomenon of bird migration
on World Migratory Bird Day. Unaware of the national borders below them,
migratory birds travel along their vast migration routes connecting people, places and cultures.
But now more than ever, migratory birds face increasing dangers and need our help to survive.
World Migratory Bird Day aims to raise awareness about migratory birds and their environments,
and the need for their conservation. The spectacular migration of 50 billion birds
each year is an inspiration for tourists, photographers and birdwatchers alike. For
many countries, bird-related tourism has become important for providing local livelihoods.
This year’s World Migratory Bird Day has the theme “Destination Flyways: Migratory
Birds and Tourism” and highlights the World Tourism Organization led Destination Flyways
project. Focusing on eight key sites for migratory
birds in Africa, Asia and Europe, the project will demonstrate how ecotourism at these sites
can be a vehicle for both environmental and socio-economic sustainability, benefitting
wildlife, local communities and tourists alike. Join us and thousands of others around the
world on 10-11 May 2014 in celebrating migratory birds – the original long-distance travellers
and our shared natural heritage – on World Migratory Bird Day.
Register your World Migratory Bird Day activities and events on our official World Migratory
Bird Day website at www.worldmigratorybirdday.org