What is it?

International Migratory Bird Day, coordinated by Environment for the Americas, celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas - bird migration. IMBD is celebrated in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean at protected areas, refuges, parks, museums, schools, zoos, and more. More than 600 events and programs hosted annually introduce the public to migratory birds and ways to conserve them.

When is it?

IMBD officially takes place the second Saturday in May for the U.S. and Canada, and in October for Mexico, Central/South America, and the Caribbean. But we recognize this date doesn't work well for all bird events, bird festival organizers, or for migratory birds themselves. Birds don't migrate on the same day. We remedied this problem by removing the month and day from our bird education and festival materials, leaving only the year.

Now, every day is Bird Day and IMBD is celebrated year-round!

History

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) was created in 1993 by visionaries at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. From 1995 to 2006, the program was under the direction of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Because of its consistent growth, IMBD is now the premier education project of Environment for the Americas.

IMBD continues to focus attention on one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird -- its journey between its summer and winter homes. Today, it is celebrated in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Central America through bird festivals and bird walks, education programs, and Bird Day! We invite you to join us in this important celebration.

sponsors

International Migratory Bird Day is made possible by its sponsors. Their contributions enable the development and distribution of education materials, regular outreach to host organizations, and collaboration with new partners. Their support has resulted in year-round programming, ensuring that Every Day is Bird Day!

our team

From urban universities to rural farming communities, the IMBD team teaches ways to protect our shared migratory birds. Meet some of the leaders who help connect communities to bird conservation.

Juan Pablo is a biologist from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México. He has coordinated IMBD in Mexico since 2013 and is expanding our work to Mexico City and other parts of the country. Contact Juan Pablo if you are interested in being involved! jpmcbalam@gmail.com

Alejandro graduated from the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, where he led many environmental education activities and was a member of the University's ornithology group. Since joining EFTA, he has successfully motivated over 10 new IMBD events in the country, reaching hundreds of youth and adults. apintog@unal.edu.co

Mayron is co-founder of the Association of Honduran Ornithology (ASHO) and co-editor of a weekly newsletter "El Esmeralda." He is also the coordinator for the birding club Los Alzacuanes (coALA), editor of the official list of Honduran birds to which he has contributed more than 6 new records in the last 6 years. Mayron joined EFTA in 2014. To learn more, contact him at: hondurasbiologica@gmail.com

Pilar is from Bogotá, Colombia and moved to Costa Rica to continue her studies in marine biology. She came to the Osa Peninsula in 2005 to assist with marine diatom research in the Golfo Dulce. As she works on her Master's in natural resource management, she is also coordinating IMBD in Latin America and working for Osa Birds.

Ingrid Flores is a wildlife biologist with experience conducting research, teaching science, and working with the public. Ingrid coordinates IMBD activities across the Caribbean, working with over 30 coordinators from Bermuda to Venezuela.

Juan Pablo Medina
Mexico
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Alejandro Pinto
Bogotá, Colombia
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Mayron McKewey Mejia
Honduras
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Ingrid Flores
Caribbean
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Pilar Bernal
Latin America
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