World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a yearly awareness event observing on 9th May. It aims for the preservation of migratory birds and their environments. Himalai IAS Coaching Centre in Bangalore spread awareness about social responsibility current events for the civil service exams like IAS exams, KAS exams, IES exams, and other competitive exams. Click here to know more about Govt exams.

  • World Migratory Bird Day is a tool to create awareness of the dangers faced by migratory birds. Also their biological significance, and the requirement for global participation to save them.
  • Each year, everyone around the globe makes a move and plans events. For example, exhibitions, educative workshops, shows, and bird-watching, etc.., to observe WMBD.
  • As the migration is different for all the regions in the world. These activities can take place at any time in the year. But, scientifically the prime bird migration period is in May & October. Hence, We observe World migration day on the second Saturday in May and in October.     

World Migratory Bird Day Theme

All around the world we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day events. To connect all the events worldwide a World Migratory Bird Day theme is set. 

  • The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), Environment for the Americas (EFTA), and African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) and have united to reinforce worldwide acknowledgement and valuation of migratory birds.
  • “Birds Connect Our World” is the World Migratory Bird Day 2020 Theme. The theme highlights the importance of conserving and restoring the ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems, that is essential for their survival and well-being.
  • World Migratory Bird Day 2019 theme was “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!”.The theme focused on the effect of plastic contamination on migratory birds and their environment.

Plastic and its damage to nature

With a yearly creation of plastic around 300 million tons, plastic stands out as the most utilized materials on the planet. But, we have always overseen that we use plastic for a short period when compared with its lifecycle of 20 to 500 years. The waste plastics make their way to the environment to contaminate it.  This endangers every living creatures in the world and migrating birds included. An expected 8 million tons of plastic waste enters the world’s seas every year. Also, plastic doesn’t degrade. Eventually, it becomes a deadly issue for ingestion and entanglement.

Effects of plastic pollution on birds

Wings don’t help birds to escape the risks of plastic pollution. Little chicks die filled with plastic in their stomachs like plastic rings and nets. These are the real causes of the effects of plastics on wildlife. Also, many birds are caught in layers of plastics or unused fishing gare becomes a trap for may bird causing their deaths. Which is also called as the ‘ghost fishing’.     

Actions to take on International Migratory Bird Day

Now it is estimated that more than 1 million birds are dying from plastic contamination. Also, the researchers say that around  90% of seabirds have plastic in their guts. It is observed that local projects and individual initiatives can avoid the plastic waste ending up at seas. Thus, there is a need for creating awareness about plastic and its hazardous effects. Significantly, World Migratory Bird Day 2020 is an excellent occasion to address this grave problem of plastic pollution and its effects on birds and wildlife.     

On this World Migratory Bird Day 2020 as a part of our India with world event, Himalai IAS coaching calls for everyone to take action on this fastly growing environmental concern!