World Migratory Bird Day

Bird Migration is the regular seasonal movement of birds from one area to another. Migration can either be long or short distance, in search for favorable resources such as food and breeding grounds.

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It is one of the tools used to raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. In Zambia it is commemorated in the second week of May and October when there is a peak in bird migration. This year’s international WMBD celebration dates are Saturday 11 May and Saturday 12 October. Every year, WMBD is commemorated with a different theme based on an identified high-level threat or knowledge gap. This year, WMBD will be commemorated under the theme Protect birds, be the solution to plastic pollution.

World Migratory Bird Day, 11th May 2019 is a unique chance to join efforts to address the serious problem of plastic pollution and to highlight its impact on migratory birds. Migratory birds are highly affected by plastic pollution through entanglement or ingestion while in transit, which may ultimately result in death.

Reduce, reuse and recycle – Limit your use of plastic materials and replace them with eco-friendly alternatives such as wood or recycled plastic also use and dispose of plastics sustainably.

Importance of migratory birds

White Storks

In the southern Hemisphere, migratory birds mark the arrival of the rainy season by their long migrations from their breeding grounds where they will spend the dry season.

  • Part of Zambian’s revenue comes from the tourism sector, bird watching provides a valuable opportunity to develop small-scale ecotourism which, in addition to diversifying the local economy, fosters the conservation of species and their environment.
  •  They play a vital role in ecosystem functioning by moving seeds and nutrients from one place to       the other.
  • Migratory birds link ecosystems in different parts of the world Protecting or restoring the natural areas on which they depend for breeding and resting, such as wetlands and coastal areas.

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