World Migratory Bird Day: 10th May

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign aiming to inspire the worldwide conservation of both migratory birds and their environments. Over the week of 10 May, people around the world take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate WMBD. As one of the main WMBD partners, the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) conducts flyway-wide campaigns aiming to inspire, promote and support migratory waterbird conservation efforts across the East Asian-Australasian Flyway (EAAF).The theme for WMBD 2016 is ‘Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds.’ In countries of the EAAF, many resident and migratory bird species are illegally taken or killed. While certain countries have very strong legislation against the killing of wild birds, in others the legislation is weak or poorly enforced. In some cases, the illegal take is unsustainable and leads to population declines, threatening the survival of the species. While the situation is improving in quite a few areas, the message of this year’s WMBD remains very timely. The theme description is available for download. Find more information and resources about the WMBD 2016 here.

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