World Migratory Bird Day 2018

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piping plover
piping plover | photo credit: USFWS

In 2018, Environment for the Americas (EFTA) will join the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) to create a single, global bird conservation education campaign, known as World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD).

World Migratory Bird Day officially takes place the second Saturday in May for the U.S. and Canada, and in October for Mexico, Central/South America, and the Caribbean.

World Migratory Bird Day celebrates and brings attention to bird migration, one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas.

In 1993, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center created International Migratory Bird Day. Since 2007, IMBD has been coordinated by Environment for the Americas, a non-profit organization that strives to connect people to bird conservation.

Previous International Migratory Bird Day events were sponsored by dozens of organizations, including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, that are dedicated to birds and bird conservation.

EFTA will continue to coordinate events, programs, and activities in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean at protected areas, refuges, parks, museums, schools, zoos, and more.

As many as 700 events and programs are hosted annually to introduce the public to migratory birds and ways to conserve them.

source: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service