Bird Migration Day

Today we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day is a two-day event annually held on the second weekend of May to highlight the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats.

The United Nations is one of the many organizations that supports this global awareness campaign. On the second weekend each May, people around the world celebrate World Migratory Bird Day by organizing public events such as bird festivals, education programs and bird-watching excursions.

This years theme is Light Pollution. Most birds migrate at night. Why? As a night sky typically means calmer air space and fewer predators. Nocturnally migrating birds include ducks and geese, plovers and sandpipers, and songbirds of all kinds. These birds may travel thousands of miles between their breeding and non- breeding grounds which can be very impressive. Birds fly thouseds of kilometers to fly from point A to B. It requires off them a lot of strength, courage and first and foremost preparation so when the time comes, the birds are ready for their journey.

In 2022, the impact of light pollution is the focus of World Migratory Bird Day, an annual global campaign that celebrates the migration of birds across countries and continents. Throughout the year the message to “dim the lights for birds at night” will be highlighted.

Artificial light is increasing globally by at least two percent a year, presenting a problem for birds. Light pollution from homes, businesses, and other infrastructure attracts and disorients migrating birds, making them more likely to land in areas where they are more vulnerable to collisions and other dangers. Artificial light also impacts birds in the breeding and winter seasons, disrupting feeding and other vital behaviors.

Traditionally observed on the second Saturdays of May and October, World Migratory Bird Day can be really celebrated throughout the whole year.

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