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World Migratory Bird Day

Quick Facts

World Migratory Bird Day is observed the second weekend of May every year.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Migratory Bird DayEnglish
Día Mundial de las Aves MigratoriasSpanish
יום ציפור נודד העולםHebrew
اليوم العالمي للطيور المهاجرةArabic
세계 철새의 날Korean
Welttag der ZugvögelGerman

World Migratory Bird Day 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

World Migratory Bird Day 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015
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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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SatApr 82006World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 122007World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 102008World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 92009World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 82010World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 142011World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 122012World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 112013World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 102014World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 92015World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 142016World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 132017World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 122018World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 112019World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
SatMay 92020World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance 
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