What is International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)?
IMBD celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas – bird migration.Â Bird Day is celebrated in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
When is International Migratory Bird Day??
IMBD officially takes place on the second Saturday in May in the U.S. and Canada and in October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean each year. But we recognize that this date doesn’t work well for all bird events and bird festival organizers, or for the migratory birds themselves. To the south, migratory birds have left, heading for breeding sites to the north. Farther north, the birds haven’t arrived.Â We remedied this problem by removing the month and day from our bird education and festival materials, leaving only the year, and reminding groups “everyday is bird day.” Now, IMBD is celebrated almost year-round. Most U.S. and Canada events take place in April and May, while fall events are the norm in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Why Celebrate Migratory Birds?
Public awareness and concern are crucial components of migratory bird conservation. Citizens who are enthusiastic about birds, informed about threats, and empowered to become involved in addressing those threats, can make a tremendous contribution to maintaining healthy bird populations. By modeling what can be done and involving people, their interest and involvement in stewardship can grow. One of the most successful vehicles for public education on migratory birds is International Migratory Bird Day(IMBD).Â Across the Americas Bird Day events are providing great ways for people to get involved.
So what can you do to celebrate? Join an official event. Or host one. Learn about a new bird. Go for a bird walk (just go walk and see what birds you can find or do some research to find a local bird walk in your area–if you don’t know where one is, ask me, I’ll help you do the research). Identify your local birds. Join the Audubon Society.
- http://birdday.org/birdday [↩]