WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY [UNEP]: MAY 9-10, 2016

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 support this global awareness campaign.

The Blue Jay, one of the world’s migratory birds.
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What Do People Do

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.

Public Life

World Migratory Bird Day is an official UN supported event and not a public holiday.

Background

Although the event is usually on the second weekend of May, the first World Migratory Bird Day was launched on the weekend of April 8–9, 2006. The event was created to help turn the world’s attention to the wonders of bird migration and the need for their conservation. Each year, the total number of registered World Migratory Bird Day events has steadily increased along with the number of countries in which these events occurred.

World Migratory Bird Day Observances

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday Type Where It is Observed
Sat May 8 2010 World Migratory Bird Day United Nations observance
Sat May 14 2011 World Migratory Bird Day United Nations observance
Sat May 12 2012 World Migratory Bird Day United Nations observance
Sat May 11 2013 World Migratory Bird Day United Nations observance
Sat May 10 2014 World Migratory Bird Day United Nations observance
Sat May 9 2015 World Migratory Bird Day United Nations observance
Sat May 14 2016 World Migratory Bird Day United Nations observance
Sat May 13 2017 World Migratory Bird Day United Nations observance
Sat May 12 2018 World Migratory Bird Day United Nations observance
Sat May 11 2019 World Migratory Bird Day United Nations observance
Sat May 9 2020 World Migratory Bird Day United Nations observance

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