Today is "World Migratory Bird Day". This is a very special year, on the one hand, because this celebration is cumulative with the Year of the Bird, on the other because the main migratory bird organizations have come together to give greater importance to this celebration.
On October 26th of 2017, under the Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12), the Environment for the Americas (EFTA), the Convention on Migratory Species CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) announced a partnership to raise awareness of the situation of migratory birds worldwide.
The new partnership formally links International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in an effort to strengthen the global importance of migratory birds and highlight the urgent need for their conservation.
From this year on, the unique terminology of "World Migratory Bird Day" is adopted and the celebration events will be organized twice a year, on the second Saturdays of May and October (this year May 12th and October 13th).
The year 2018 marks a new beginning for the World Migratory Bird Day, unifying also the main migratory corridors of the planet, that is, the African-Eurasian, the East Asian-Australasian, and the Americas flyways.
This year's theme of World Migratory Bird Day is a theme of unity: "Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation," promoting a celebration without frontiers, within and between migratory routes around the world.