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World Migratory Bird Day

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015SatMay 9World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance
2016SatMay 14World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance
2017SatMay 13World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance
2018SatMay 12World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance
2019SatMay 11World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance
2020SatMay 9World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance
2021SatMay 8World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance
2022SatMay 14World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance
2023SatMay 13World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance
2024SatMay 11World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance
2025SatMay 10World Migratory Bird DayUnited Nations observance

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