The International Migratory Bird Day is an annual celebration which is held on the second Saturday of May in the United States, but most of this day celebrations are held in April and May. This day is celebrated to raises awareness about the protecting migratory birds and the journey of birds.
History of International Migratory Bird Day
The International Migratory Bird Day event was first celebrated in the second weekend of May and this day was established by the United Nations to protects migratory birds and their habitats. The event was established as an effort of the United Nations Agreement on the protection of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds to raise awareness of the migratory birds.
Every year, the International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on the second Saturday of May in the Canada and United State and in Mexico, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean it is held on second Saturday of October. The event was established for the world’s people to pay attention to the wonders of bird migration and the need for their protection. Today, International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated in 118 nations, and every year the United Nations announce a specific theme to celebrating this day.
Themes of Migratory Bird Day
Every year has a specific theme for celebrating International Migratory Bird Day event. The themes of the past ten years are listed below:
- In 2018: “Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation.”
- In 2017: “Stopover Sites: Helping Birds Along the Way.”
- In 2016: “Spread Your Wings for Bird Preservation.”
- In 2015: “Restore Habitat, Restore Birds.”
- In 2014: “Why Birds Affairs? The Benefits of Birds to Humans and Nature”
- In 2013: “Life Cycle of Migratory Birds.”
- In 2012: “Connecting People to Bird Preservation.”
- In 2011: “Go Wild Go Birding.”
- In 2010: “Power of Partnerships for Birds.”
- In 2009: “Celebrate Birds In Culture.”
What do People Do on this Day?
Every year, on the International Migratory Bird Day many events are organized to celebrate this day. These events are arranged around the world to promote this day. In these events include bird festivals, educational programs, nature-based festivals, art competitions, birds walk, presentations and bird-watching expedition. These events are taking place at various places such as museums, educational institutes, zoos, aquariums, protected land, and many others. All these events are promoting this day and raises awareness about the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
Each year, the number of events on International Migratory Bird Day is increasing with the increase of celebrations of countries. The United Nations is one from many organizations that support this global awareness campaign.
Is it a Public Holiday?
The United Nations International Migratory Bird Day is an annual celebration event and not a public holiday. Public life is not affected by this day.