"Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation" is the theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2018. This year, the campaign will have a new global dimension, bringing together the world's main migration corridors, also called flyways, for celebrations all across the world - and for the first time, with two peak campaign days in the year.
As birds migrate during different seasons throughout the year, World Migratory Bird Day will be observed on both the second Saturdays of May and October, making it possible for individuals and organizations to organize educational activities and awareness-raising events in their countries at the time of migration.
The African-Eurasian Flyway, the Americas Flyway and the East-Asian Australasian Flyway link breeding, stop-over and wintering sites of billions of migratory birds which roam across the planet. Migratory birds such as the Arctic Tern travel more than 70,000 km from Iceland to Antarctica and back every year. Habitat loss, illegal hunting, collision with and electrocution by power lines as well as pollution and poisoning put their survival at risk.