03 January 2024- We are excited to announce that the upcoming World Migratory Bird Day campaign in 2024 will focus on the importance of insects and their impact on migratory birds. Insects are essential sources of energy for many migratory bird species, supporting their extensive journeys and greatly affecting the timing, duration, and overall success of bird migrations.
Along their migration routes, birds actively seek out insects in fields, forests, wetlands, and various habitats during stopovers. The timing of their bird migration often coincides with peak insect abundance at stopover locations, supplying nourishment for birds to replenish their energy reserves before continuing their journey.
The loss and disturbance of insect populations along avian migration routes threaten bird survival and well-being. Natural spaces like forests and grasslands are transformed or endangered by intensive agriculture and urban development, resulting in a decline in insect populations. Pesticides and herbicides designed to protect crops can unintentionally harm beneficial insects that birds rely on for food. Pollution from sources like plastics and industrial waste also negatively impacts insect health. A scarcity of energy-rich insects can hinder bird migration, leading to weakened immune systems, reduced reproductive success, and increased mortality rates for both adult birds and their offspring. Birds play crucial roles in pollination and pest control, and a lack of insects disrupts these ecosystem functions. Overpopulation of certain insects, without natural predators from birds, can cause outbreaks that damage plant health and agriculture.
The World Migratory Bird Day campaign in 2024 will stress the need for proactive conservation measures to maintain the delicate balance between birds and insects.
In 2024, World Migratory Bird Day will take place on 11 May and 12 October, aligning with the cyclic nature of bird migration in different hemispheres.
The connection between birds and insects is vital for sustaining the awe-inspiring phenomenon of bird migration. By embracing conservation, raising public awareness, and deepening our understanding of these relationships, we create a healthier ecosystem for birds, insects, and the greater natural world.
To learn more about this year’s World Migratory Bird Day campaign and actions to take, visit:
Notes to Editors:
About Environment for the Americas (EFTA)
Environment for the Americas (EFTA) connects people to nature and birds through research, education, and outreach. At the heart of our efforts lies the coordination of World Migratory Bird Day across the Americas, an initiative that engages people of all ages in the protection of our shared migratory birds. This work has also led to the development of our internship programs, which provide unique opportunities for the next generation of researchers, conservationists, and natural resource professionals. Through these programs, we are empowering young people to make a tangible difference for the environment. EFTA’s efforts have also spurred international collaborations for bird conservation and facilitated changes across borders that ensure a future where migratory birds are protected and celebrated. Learn more at www.environmentamericas.org
About the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), a global treaty of the United Nations, provides a global platform for the conservation and sustainable use of migratory animals and their habitats. This unique treaty brings governments and wildlife experts together to address the conservation needs of terrestrial, aquatic, and avian migratory species and their habitats around the world. Since the Convention’s entry into force in 1979, its membership has grown steadily to include 133 Parties from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Learn more at www.cms.int
About the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA)
The Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) is an inter-governmental treaty dedicated to the conservation of migratory waterbirds that migrate along the African-Eurasian Flyway. The Agreement covers 255 species of birds ecologically dependent on wetlands for at least part of their annual cycle. A total of 83 countries and the European Union have signed the environmental treaty, which has a geographic range covering 119 countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Greenland, and the Canadian Archipelago. Learn more at www.unep-aewa.org
About the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP)
The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) is a flyway-wide framework to promote dialogue, cooperation, and collaboration between a range of stakeholders to conserve migratory waterbirds and their habitats. EAAFP is also recognized as one of the Ramsar Regional Initiatives in 2005 and officially launched on 6 November 2006. With the 39 partners, the partnership aims to protect migratory waterbirds, their habitats, and the livelihoods of people dependent upon them in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway. For more information, visit www.eaaflyway.net
Related Links World Migratory Bird Day Website: www.worldmigratorybirdday.org
Social Media Trello Board: WMBD 2023 | Trello
Global Event Map: www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/events-map
Twitter: @WMBD #WorldMigratoryBirdDay #WMBD2023 #WaterForBirds
Florian Keil, Information Officer / Coordinator of the World Migratory Bird Day Campaign at the CMS and AEWA Secretariats
Tel: +49 (0) 228 8152451
Susan Bonfield, Executive Director at Environment for the Americas
Tel: +001 970-393-1183
Wen Qing Ng, Senior Communications Officer at the East Asian-Australasian Partnership
Tel: +82 010 032 458 6504