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Migratory Birds

Migratory Birds

Bar-tailed godwits

Bar-tailed godwits, Luc Hoogenstein

Migratory birds are an ideal subject for forging links between wetland education centres located on the same flyway. The arrival and departure of seasonal birds is an annual phenomenon that sparks people’s interest and imagination. They wonder where the birds come from and where they go, and it helps to emphasize the importance of their local sites as part of a network, vital to preserve these migratory bird populations .

Staff and visitors, could take concrete steps to monitor and record the arrival times of birds, numbers of species and individuals to share this information with other wetland education located on the same flyway centers. The data and resulting interest could promote further conservation measures in your country but also in other countries through these migratory birds.  The WLI network supports a program called ‘Migratory Birds for People‘ in Europe with it’s own web pages and steering group.

Preparing for World Migratory Bird Day 2020!

If you are interested in taking part in our activities for May 2020, have a look at our plans and get in touch!

World Migratory Bird Day, 11th May and 12th October 2019, be the solution to plastic pollution

World Migratory Bird Day 2019 this year links the two former initiatives for World Migratory Bird Day and International Migratory Bird Day into one event.  This year provides two opportunities to celebrate the day, on the second weekends of May and October, and the theme is around plastic pollution and its impacts on migratory birds.  More details at the WMBD website and Environment for the Americas website.

Useful Links:

Broads Cuckoo, WMBD 2013

Broads Cuckoo, WMBD 2013

The Convention on migratory species, CMS, (also know as the Bonn Convention) gives details on species action plans and wider projects to protect not only birds, but also sharks, turtles, and many other migratory animals.

AEWA, the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement brings partners together working on migratory birds across 119 range states.

The East-Asian Australasian Flyway Partnership covers a huge flyway, in a region containing 45% of the world’s human population.  The Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) links sites along flyways in the Americas.

World Migratory Birds day happens every year on the second weekend in May with lots of information at the website on how you can participate and issues facing migratory birds. You can find some great resources at the Environment for the Americas website too.

The Waddensee Partnership produced a nice animation for the East Atlantic Flyway, explaining in simple ways why it’s important to protect wetlands and species along the flyway – their International Wadden Sea School pages also haver good resources.  Birdlife also has a ‘Spring Alive’ website, encouraging young people to get involved in recording and reporting the birds they see.  See the Rutland Osprey project, which includes school resources and information on World Osprey Week (late March)



The WLI network is endorsed by the Ramsar Convention on wetlands and coordinated by WWT.


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