World Migratory Bird Day 2022: Light Pollution
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 2022, the World Migratory Bird Day theme is Ligh Pollution. Artificial light is increasing globally by at least 2 % per year and it is known to adversely affect many bird species. Light pollution is a significant threat to migratory birds, causing disorientation when they fly at night, leading to collisions with buildings, perturbing their internal clocks, or interfering with their ability to undertake long-distance migrations.
Solutions to light pollution are readily available. For instance, more and more cities in the world are taking measures to dim building lights during migration phases in spring and autumn. Best practice guidelines are also being developed under the Convention on Migratory Species to address this growing issue and ensure that action is taken globally to help birds migrate safely.
Learn more about World Migratory Bird Day, and how you can get involved.