World Migratory Bird Day; revisit relationship with Nature


With Coronavirus reminding that everyone one is living in a connected world, environmentalists have called for revisiting the relationship with nature and to rebuild a more environmentally responsible world.

“Given that destruction of nature has also been linked to the kinds of infectious diseases we are now combating, taking actions to protect migratory birds and their habitats is more important than ever,” Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals Executive Secretary Amy Fraenkel said.

She said this on World Migratory Bird Day, which falls on May 9. The Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals said that migratory birds are part of the shared natural heritage. They depend on a network of sites along their migration routes for breeding, feeding, resting and overwintering. But many of the bird species are in decline because of loss and destruction of their natural habitats, the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals said.

The theme of World Migratory Bird Day this year is “Birds Connect Our World.” It highlights the importance of conserving and restoring the ecosystems that support the natural cycles essential for the survival and well-being of migratory birds.

World Migratory Bird Day is organized by the Convention on Migratory Species and the African – Eurasian Migratory Waterbird  Agreement. The UN Backed campaign is held in collaboration with Colorado-based NGO Environment for the Americas.

Launched in 2006 Kenya, the World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated globally on two days—the second Saturdays in May and October—as a nod to the cyclical nature of migration.


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