World Migratory Bird Day 2023

World Migratory Bird Day is officially celebrated on the second Saturday of May in Canada and the US (May 13th in 2023), and the second Saturday of October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean (October 14th in 2023). However, every day is Bird Day, and you can celebrate birds and host events any day of the year!



Brisbane, 17 March 2023 – The East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) was announced as an official partner of the World Migratory Bird Day campaign during the 11th Meeting of Partners (MOP11) of the EEAFP which ended in Brisbane, Australia today. The new Partnership unites efforts to raise awareness to conserve migratory birds globally.

World Migratory Bird is an annual global awareness-raising campaign to celebrate the amazing journeys of migratory birds, and to inspire worldwide conservation of migratory bids and their habitats. Traditionally observed on the second Saturday of May and October, the two days of World Migratory Bird Day are a way to reflect the cyclical nature of bird migration as well as the fact that there are varying peak  migration periods in the northern and southern hemispheres.

The campaign is a joint effort of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), Environment for the Americas and the EAAFP. The addition of the EAAFP to this Partnership will strengthen engagement and awareness for migratory birds in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway.

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Conservation Theme

This year’s campaign highlights the importance of water to bird life. We will share simple steps that everyone can take to preserve water and protect birds.

Art & featured species

Art has always been central to World Migratory Bird Day and continues to be a key element in 2023. Look forward to our announcement of the 2023 artist in December 2022!


As we develop the World Migratory Bird Day theme for 2023, we are exploring artists who can  help us to share the importance of this essential resource for birds. Interested in being considered for the artist? Contact us at

Social Media Packet

Promoting your World Migratory Bird Day event can be a daunting task, so we create a Social Media Packet that provides easy copy-and-paste posts, downloadable graphics, and other content that you can use on your social media accounts. Stay tuned for more information!