World Migratory Bird Day 2020: World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated every year on October 10th to spread awareness about the conservation and ecological importance of migratory birds in the global ecosystem.
World Migratory Bird Day 2020 Theme
This year the theme of World Migratory Bird Day is “Birds Connect Our World” and was chosen to highlight the importance of conserving and restoring the ecological connectivity and integrity of ecosystems that support the natural cycles that are essential for the survival and well-being of migratory birds.
World Migratory Bird Day History and Significance
This day was introduced in 2006 after the Secretariat of Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals and the Secretariat of Agreement on the Conversation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) came up with an idea.
According to Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of Convention on Migratory Species, “Migratory birds can be found everywhere: in cities and in the countryside, in parks and in our backyards, in forests and in mountains, in deserts and in wetlands, and all along the shores. They connect to all of these habitats, and they connect us and the places where we live to people and places around the globe”.
We need to step up our actions across the world to better protect migratory birds and the habitats they need to survive and thrive,” he added.
However, migratory birds are still under threat, from loss of habitat, climate change, poisoning, power lines, and illegal killing in recent years. Each year many events are held to raise awareness. Various bird watching events too are held for bird enthusiasts but this year such events have been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will take place virtually.