World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the protection of migratory birds and their habitats. On the second weekend each May, people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate WMBD.
You can learn more about World Migratory Bird Day by watching this short film on the SOS YouTube channel:
This year's theme for World Migratory Bird Day is Destination Flyways, connecting the invisible highways in the sky that criss-cross the globe, local community development and wildlife watching tourism around the world.
According the Convention on Biological Diversity, there are more than 1850 migratory bird species, or an estimated 19% of the 9865 known bird species. According to BirdLife International in 2011, 11% of migratory birds were Globally Threatened or Near Threatened and 31 were classified as Critically Endangered. SOS is proudly supporting the efforts to protect one such species, the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. While charismatic, the species is also Critically Endangered. Yet progress with headstarting by SOS grantee Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and its partner Birds Russia has raised hopes that captive hatched birds can help rebuild wild populations of this remarkable traveler.