World Migratory Bird Day 2023
Water: Sustaining Bird Life
World Migratory Bird Day is Partner’s in Flight’s keystone education program. Created in 1993, it connects people to the phenomenon of bird migrations through on-the-ground events, programs, and festivals. It serves as a call to action for the protection of birds by sharing information about threats to birds and the simple actions people can take to help protect birds. World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is coordinated by Environment for the Americas in collaboration with partners and sponsors across the globe.
In 2023, the World Migratory Bird Day theme is Water. Water is fundamental to sustaining life on our planet. Virtually all migratory birds rely on water and its associated habitats at some point during their life cycles. Lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, wetlands, and coastal waters are all vital for feeding, drinking, or nesting and as places to rest and refuel during long seasonal migrations.
Unfortunately, these aquatic ecosystems are becoming increasingly threatened around the world, and so are the migratory birds that depend on them. The increasing human demand for water, as well as pollution and climate change, is having a direct impact on the quantity and quality of water resources and on the conservation status of many migratory bird species.
In 2023, the importance of water is the focus of World Migratory Bird Day, an annual global campaign that celebrates the migration of birds across countries and continents. Throughout the year, we will spread the message that “water sustains bird life” and provide actions for managing water resources and protecting healthy aquatic ecosystems.
Learn more about World Migratory Bird Day and how you can get involved.