World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) will take place on 9-10 May 2015. It is an annual awareness raising campaign that aims to inspire the worldwide conservation of both migratory birds and their habitats. Local governments and stakeholders will celebrate this special occasion by holding bird watching and education events all over the world.
On this occasion, the EAAFP Secretariat highlights the urgent need to conserve the habitats of migratory waterbirds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF), with the call for action:
‘Save migratory birds and the places they need’
The survival of migratory waterbirds is threatened by loss of habitat at critical places along EAAF. The network of sites that birds have relied upon for generations is getting ever smaller and more fragmented. Every country in the flyway supports migratory waterbirds, and every country needs to ensure that habitats are conserved and maintained to provide that support.
Many people remain unaware of the amazing migrations that are happening all around them every year, and may not realize that protecting habitats in their own countries will have far reaching benefits for this shared natural wonder. The Secretariat encourages its partners and people living in EAAF to join and celebrate WMBD together, and highlight the need to protect habitats supporting migratory birds.
In Incheon, Republic of Korea, a celebration event is scheduled on 19 June by Incheon City Government at G-Tower in Songdo, where the EAAFP Secretariat is located. Please share the story of your WMBD events in the next newsletter.
Spike Millington, Chief Executive
World Migratory Bird Day 2015 Save migratory birds and the places they need
Message for EAAF: Save migratory birds and the places they need Read WMBD flyer Materials: Posters in 12 languages, Video Statement, Trailer, Press Release Event registration: Please register your event here. We welcome a short report for EAAFP newsletter and our WMBD report, to inspire each other!
Flyway Network Site
News from FNS: Tens of thousands of swans and geese depart for migration from Miyajuma-numa, as local residents cheer on (Japan)