International Migratory Bird Day

May 09, 2007


Provided by: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Summary author: Andrew Yee

Every year since 1993 birders in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Central America celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on the second Saturday of May with a focus on the migration of birds between North America and Central and South America. On a global basis, World Migratory Bird Day made its debut in 2006 under the auspices of the United Nations. This year World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on the same weekend of May 12-13 as International Migratory Bird Day. Through festival activities such as nature walks and educational programs, Bird Day strives to increase awareness of bird migration and highlight the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats. The photo above shows a huge flock of snow geese in Canada returning after their annual migration. See also the Earth Science Picture of the Day for March 28, 2006. [Revised November 2017]

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