together with the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
and other partner organizations, is launching the first
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)
on the weekend of 8/9 April 2006. To help make this a truly
global initiative we would like to ask you to take part
in this upcoming event. We are therefore appealing to all
stakeholders to engage in activities to help highlight that
on this weekend and from this year onward, people throughout
the world will be concentrating on the phenomenon of bird
At a time when migratory birds are being unfairly portrayed
solely as the harbingers of death and disease, they need
our support more than ever! World Migratory Bird Day is
the first worldwide initiative to raise awareness, to educate
and to inspire about the need to protect migratory birds
and their habitats.
This year the WMBD will be launched with a special event
called “WINGS” taking place at the edge of the
Great Rift Valley in Laikipia, Kenya. It will be an artistic
and cultural show reflecting the wonders of bird migration,
hosted by the well-known author, nature conservationist
and future CMS Ambassador Ms Kuki Gallmann. WINGS will be
attended by a wide variety of local and international guests,
bird experts and the media.
A number of these experts will also be attending the “Scientific
Seminar on Avian Influenza, the Environment and Migratory
Birds” directly following the WMBD event on 10/11
April at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Seminar
will give leading scientists, decision makers and other
stakeholders a platform to review and discuss the latest
scientific studies concerning the spread of Avian Influenza
and its impact on wild birds and the wider environment.
While WINGS and the Scientific Seminar will be taking place
in Kenya, the goal and vision of WMBD is to make it a truly
global event. In order for WMBD to become a commemorative
event throughout the world we are strongly counting on the
support and contributions of conservation-minded individuals,
Government agencies and NGOs alike. All stakeholders are
therefore encouraged to hold WMBD-specific events and activities
on the second weekend of April this year, and to register
and advertise these on the WMBD Web site.
By linking existing bird related activities such as birdwatching
excursions, exhibitions, lectures or film screenings to
WMBD on 8/9 April you will be making a valuable contribution
towards helping to ensure the success of WMBD.
Supporting the World Migratory Bird Day with your own activities
and registering these on the WMBD Web site is a great opportunity
to share your contribution and to tie into the global efforts
being made to conserve migratory birds.
birds need our support – register now!