What is International Migratory Bird Day
International Migratory Bird Day
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebrates and brings attention to bird migration, one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas. IMBD began in 1993 and is now hosted at more than 600 sites from Canada to Argentina. Environment for the Americas, with the collaboration of international sponsors and partners, fosters bird conservation education in the Western Hemisphere through International Migratory Bird Day.
When is IMBD?
Though IMBD can be celebrated any day, the official day in Canada & the United States is the second Saturday in May. In Latin America & the Caribbean it is usually celebrated the second Saturday in October. Because birds do not migrate on one single day, we encourage organizations to celebrate when it is best for their schedule and when birds are present. Prompting annual activities is one aspect of IMBD, but encouraging year-round awareness and education is the goal.
Every day is Bird Day!
Why? Migratory birds are among the most beautiful, observable, and remarkable wildlife. They are symbolic harbingers of the seasons, provide countless economical and environmental services, and are indicators of healthy habitats. 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. One of the most successful vehicles for engaging new environmental stewards is IMBD.
Across the Americas, Bird Day events and programs provide great ways for people to get involved in learning about birds and bird conservation. IMBD is celebrated in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Programs are hosted at a variety of venues such as universities, elementary schools, zoos, botanical gardens, national parks, protected wildlife areas, libraries, and museums. IMBD can be coordinated by students, city staff, bird clubs, teachers, and you. Join the campaign to increase awareness of our shared birds!