• World Migratory Bird Day 2024

    What is World Migratory Bird Day? World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual global awareness-raising campaign aimed at celebrating the amazing journeys of migratory birds and inspiring worldwide conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Traditionally observed on the second Saturday of May and October, the two days of World Migratory Bird Day serve as a means to reflect the cyclical nature of bird migration, as well as the varying peak migration periods in the northern and southern hemispheres. In 2024, WMBD will be celebrated on 11th May and 12th October. Today, the campaign shines as a beacon of cooperation, with the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), Environment for the Americas (EFTA), and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) standing shoulder to shoulder. But fun fact, this collaborative tale first began in October 2017 with the trio CMS, AEWA, and EFTA. In a move reminiscent of the Three Musketeers, they combined strengths, integrating International Migratory Bird Day with World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) to champion the cause of our avian companions. Then, just five years later, on March 17th, the ensemble welcomed a new member as the EAAFP officially entered the fold during the 11th Meeting of Partners (MoP11) in Brisbane, Australia. This fresh partnership heralds an exciting phase in the ongoing quest to raise awareness and safeguard the remarkable voyages of migratory birds around the world. Official website of World Migratory Bird Day: https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/ The Theme of World Migratory Bird Day 2024 The theme for this year's World Migratory Bird Day, "Protect Insects, Protect Birds" shines a light on the unsung heroes of the natural world: insects. These tiny creatures are the lifeblood of migratory bird populations, providing crucial energy reserves for birds during their incredible journeys. From benthic chironomids to darting dragonflies, birds depend heavily on a variety of insects during stopovers to sustain their biannual migration every year. However, the decline in insect populations spells trouble for our feathered friends. So, WMBD this year urges immediate action, advocating for reduced pesticide use, organic farming practices, and the preservation of natural habitats. By safeguarding insects, we not only ensure the survival of migratory birds but also protect essential ecosystem functions. For the World Migratory Bird Day 2024 press release by click [here].   Discover 2024's EAA Flyway Species on the WMBD Poster COMMON SNIPE (Gallinago gallinago) Conservation status: IUCN — Least Concern With Europe as their stronghold, Common Snipes embark on journeys that lead them across the expanses of southern Asia to central Africa. Their migration is punctuated by harsh calls echoing through the night, signalling their presence in the moonlit skies. Feasting on insects (and other invertebrates), worms, and small crustaceans, these adaptable birds can forage within muddy habitats with finesse, thanks to their sensitive and flexible bills.             LITTLE CURLEW (Numenius minutus) Conservation status: IUCN — Least Concern Hailing from the vast plains of northern central Siberia, the Little Curlew, the world's smallest among its kind, flocks mostly to northern Australia during the non-breeding season. Standing no taller than your average 30cm school ruler, these birds prefer the hidden depths of dry grasslands, yet sightings on coastal mudflats during migration are not rare. Feeding on a diet ranging from insects to the occasional seed, they employ delicate picking and probing techniques, sometimes even burying their bills in search of sustenance. PHEASANT-TAILED JACANA (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) Conservation status: IUCN — Least Concern Hailing from the tropical landscapes of Asia, stretching from Yemen to the Philippines, the Pheasant-Tailed Jacana traverses, embarking on seasonal journeys across its expansive range. Despite its name, only the breeding-plumaged birds truly sport the majestic "pheasant-tailed" appearance; in winter months, the birds have short tails. Foraging amidst floating vegetation or skimming the water's surface, they feed on a varied diet of insects, molluscs, and other invertebrates. Their unique hunting methods include walking delicately on vegetation and gracefully swimming in the waters below.   Be Part of the WMBD Celebration! 01. Join Us Online Don't forget to register your event on the Global Portal at https://www.worldmigratorybirdday.org/register-your-event 02. Other World Migratory Bird Day 2024 Activities You are invited to join the EAAFP Team on May 11 for the Global Big Day by eBird! Be part of our team and help record migratory waterbirds in the #EAAFlyway! Here's what you need to do: Register for an eBird account. Go out and watch birds, keeping count of the birds you see. Submit your checklist to eBird and share it with "EAAFPTeam"! You can find the "EAAFPTeam" profile here: https://ebird.org/profile/MzgyMzk1NA Resources for World Migratory Bird Day 2024 ­01. EAAFP World Migratory Bird Day 2024 Small Grant The Small Grant Fund for the 2024 World Migratory Bird Day has been established to provide financial support for EAAFP Partners and collaborators from EAAFP Task Forces and Working Groups who plan to organize public events and/or conservation action-oriented workshops at national or local levels for World Migratory Bird Day. We strongly encourage EAAFP Partners and collaborators to apply for any suitable event or development of WMBD materials in local languages that aim to raise awareness of the need to conserve migratory waterbirds and the value of their habitats in the East Asian–Australasian Flyway. For details, visit [here]. 02. World Migratory Bird Day 2024 Trello Board Everything from the WMBD 2024 Trello Board can be downloaded [here]. 03. World Migratory Bird Day 2024 Poster in EAAF Languages    LANGUAGES THEME OF 2024 MAIN TITLE POSTER LINKS  English Protect Insects, Protect Birds World Migratory Bird Day PNG (ENG)  Bengali পোকামাকড় রক্ষা করে পাখির জীবন। বিশ্ব পরিযায়ী পাখি দিবস PNG (BEN)  Burmese ငှက်မျိုးစုံ ကြွယ်ဝဖို့ ပိုးမွှားအင်းဆက်များကို ထိန်းသိမ်းစို့ ကမ္ဘာ့ရွှေ့ပြောင်းငှက်နေ့ PNG (MYA)  Chinese (Simplified) 保护昆虫,保护鸟类 世界候鸟日 PNG (ZHS)  Chinese (Traditional) 保護昆蟲,保護鳥類 世界候鳥日 PNG (ZHT)  Filipino Mga Insekto'y Protektahan, Mga Ibon ay Pangalagaan Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Ibong Dayo PNG (FIL)  Cebuano/Bisaya Panalipdan ang mga Kalnsektohan, Panalipdan ang mga Kalanggaman Pandaigdigang Araw ng mga Ibong Dayo PNG (CEB/BIS)  Indonesian Serangga Terlindungi, Burung Lestari Hari Migrasi Burung Sedunia PNG (IND)  Japanese 昆虫を守ることは、鳥たちを守ること 世界渡り鳥の日 PNG (JPN)  Khmer ការពារសត្វល្អិត គឺការពារសត្វស្លាប ទិវាសត្វស្លាបទេសន្តរប្រវេសន៍ពិភពលោក PNG (KHM)  Korean (DPRK) (not available) 세계철새의 날 (not available)  Korean (ROK) 곤충을 보호하고 새를 보호합시다 세계 철새의 날 PNG (ROK)  Malay / Bahasa Malaysia Lindungi Serangga, Lindungi Burung Hari Burung Hijrah Sedunia PNG (BM)  Mongolian Шавжгүй бол шувуугүй Дэлхийн нүүдлийн шувуудын өдөр PNG (MON)  Russian Сохраним насекомых, чтобы сохранить птиц Всемирный день перелётных птиц PNG (RUS)  Thai ปกป้องแมลง ปกป้องนก วันนกอพยพโลก PNG (THAI)  Vietnamese Bảo vệ côn trùng là góp phần bảo vệ các loài chim Ngày chim di cư thế giới PNG (VIET)   If you require raw design files for printing or conversion for your local campaign, please contact the EAAFP Secretariat at the following email addresses. 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  • Engaging Events Raise Awareness on Migratory Birds and Conservation in Kushtia, Bangladesh

    In an effort to raise awareness among the urban population of Kushtia town in Bangladesh about migratory birds and their conservation, a vibrant “Migratory Bird Fair” was organized at…


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  • World Migratory Bird Day 2023 Celebrated in Aceh, Indonesia, for students with special needs “Everyone Can Protect Birds”

    World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2023 was celebrated in Aceh, Indonesia with great enthusiasm and a series of engaging activities organized by the Pusat Riset Konservasi Gajah dan Biodiversitas Hutan (PKGB) at Syiah Kuala University. The aim of the event was to raise awareness and involve over 8-participants, including teachers, and students with special needs, in the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. ©️ PKBG-USK The event kicked off with a seminar on 25th May 2023, with the theme "Water: Sustaining Bird Life." The seminar, held in collaboration with the Research Center for Elephant Conservation and Forest Biodiversity (PKGB) and the Pembina Aceh Province State SLB, featured two sessions. In the first session, Mrs. Maria Ulva, an expert in practicing children with special needs, introduced different bird species using hand puppets as visual aids. This method proved effective in engaging students with special needs and helping them understand and appreciate birds. ©️ PKBG-USK Dr. Abdullah, the head of the Research Center for Elephant Conservation and Forest Biodiversity, led the second session. He discussed small activities that individuals can undertake to protect the environment, such as avoiding smoking, littering, and consuming wild birds. The session also included an introduction to various migratory bird species found in Aceh Province through audiovisual presentations. One of the highlights of the celebration was the application of inclusive education methods. This approach aimed to provide equal educational opportunities to all students, including those with special needs, by incorporating migratory bird conservation materials into the curriculum. Teachers played a crucial role in adapting the learning materials and techniques to suit the needs of students with different limitations. The efforts resulted in an inclusive learning environment where all students could actively participate and understand the importance of bird conservation. ©️ PKBG-USK The event also featured a Migratory Bird Festival, during which students and parents received souvenirs and learning aids to support their education. Teachers and committee members who demonstrated exceptional skills in explaining the materials to students were also recognized with souvenirs. As a symbolic gesture, birds were released by the students and teachers to promote the idea of birds thriving in their natural habitats rather than being confined in cages. ©️ PKBG-USK The outcomes of the World Migratory Bird Day 2023 event were significant. Students with special needs gained knowledge about birds, conservation, and environmental preservation. Teachers were educated about the importance of preventing the consumption of wild birds and involving parents in ecosystem conservation efforts. The event fostered a sense of responsibility and appreciation for nature among the younger generation. ©️ PKBG-USK The Pusat Riset Konservasi Gajah dan Biodiversitas Hutan (PKGB) at Syiah Kuala University, along with their partners and sponsors, successfully organized a memorable World Migratory Bird Day celebration. The event showcased the power of inclusive education, creative teaching methods, and community involvement in raising awareness about migratory birds and their habitats. It left a lasting impact on the participants, empowering them to contribute to the conservation of our natural heritage. The project was funded through the 2023 EAAFP WMBD Small Grant Fund. View the report, Click here. Article prepared by Pusat Riset Konservasi Gajah dan Biodiversitas Hutan, Syiah Kuala University


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  • World Migratory Bird Day 2023: Promoting Conservation Efforts and Local Engagement in Myanmar

    The Nature Conservation Society-Myanmar (NCS-Myanmar) successfully organized the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) event for 2023 on 18th May. The event took place in Koe Tae Su Village near the Gulf of Mottama (GoM) in Myanmar, with a total of 77 participants, including school students, villagers, and local communities. Supported by the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP), this event aimed to raise awareness about the significance of migratory birds and their habitats, while actively involving the local population in conservation efforts. © Nature Conservation Society-Myanmar The event commenced with an engaging opening ceremony, featuring a speech by the Head of the Local Community, who warmly welcomed the participants to WMBD 2023. The NCS-Myanmar team provided an insightful presentation on the formation of WMBD and its yearly themes, emphasizing the importance of water in sustaining bird life. The audience was captivated by the "Migratory Bird" song in Burmese, created specifically for WMBD 2020, along with other videos highlighting the journey and challenges faced by migratory birds. Following the opening ceremony, the workshop focused on the conservation of migratory birds in the GoM. NCS-Myanmar experts delivered presentations on various topics, including animal migration, the importance of wetlands and water for migratory birds, and the threats they face in the GoM. Participants were educated about the socio-ecological justice required for environmental conservation. They also explored the correlation between their livelihoods and migratory birds through group discussions, covering subjects such as bird hunting, attitudes towards migratory birds, traditional knowledge, local organization activities, and livelihoods and poverty reduction. © Nature Conservation Society-Myanmar One remarkable aspect of the event was the active participation of women, who contributed their valuable perspectives and visions. The attendees already had some knowledge of bird migration in their area from previous events, but this occasion provided them with a deeper understanding of the benefits of establishing conservation zones for birds. They expressed their desire for more conservation zones in the region to mitigate habitat loss and threats to migratory birds. Throughout the event, attendees enjoyed educational presentations, engaging discussions, and inspiring videos on migratory birds. The NCS-Myanmar effectively fostered an atmosphere of learning and enjoyment, ensuring that participants gained a comprehensive understanding of the importance of environmental conservation and habitat preservation for migratory birds. © Nature Conservation Society-Myanmar The World Migratory Bird Day 2023 event in Myanmar, organized by NCS-Myanmar, proved to be a resounding success, as it helped to raise awareness about migratory birds and their habitats among local communities, students, and villagers. By actively involving participants in workshops and discussions, NCS-Myanmar empowered the local population to contribute to the conservation of migratory birds in the GoM. The event highlighted the need for socio-ecological justice and emphasized the crucial role of water in sustaining bird life. It is hoped that such initiatives will continue to be organized, promoting environmental conservation and habitat preservation for migratory birds in their flyways. The project was funded through the 2023 EAAFP WMBD Small Grant Fund. View the report, Click here. Article prepared by Nature Conservation Society-Myanmar


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  • Aceh Bird Club Celebrates World Migratory Bird Day 2023 with Engaging Activities to Keep Water from Plastic Waste in Indonesia

    The Aceh Bird Club, in collaboration with the Biology Education Student Association (HIMABIO) at Syiah Kuala University, Ache, Indonesia, recently organized a remarkable series of events to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day 2023. The week-long event, held from 14th to 21st May 2023, aimed to raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment, migratory birds, and their habitats. With the active participation of students, university students, environmentalists, communities, lecturers, and several related agencies, the event was a resounding success. © Aceh Bird Club The festivities commenced with three engaging competitions: a short video competition, a photography competition, and an essay-writing competition. Open to participants of all ages, these competitions served as platforms to educate the younger generation about the detrimental impact of microplastics on water and its consequences for both humans and migratory birds. The competitions were conducted online, allowing contestants to submit their entries through an online form provided by the committee. A total of 30 contestants participated, showcasing their talent and commitment to environmental conservation. © Aceh Bird Club The winners of the photography competition captured stunning images that conveyed the theme, "Save Water for the Future of Migratory Birds and Humans." Muhammad Al Fatih from UNS clinched the 1st position with his captivating photograph titled "Milik Bersama" (Shared Ownership). Hudzaifah Fahroni from UNJ secured the 2nd position with his compelling image titled "Pengunjung tetap teluk Jakarta" (Visitors of Jakarta Bay), while Haris Akbar Hidayat from IPB won the 3rd position with his evocative photograph titled "Berbagi Ruang" (Sharing Space). Click [here] to see the winning photos! © Aceh Bird Club In the short video competition, Muslim, Gansar, and M. Akbar, all from Syiah Kuala University, emerged as the top three winners. Their videos conveyed powerful messages about the importance of protecting water for migratory birds and the future of humanity. Click [here] to see the winning short videos! © Aceh Bird Club Furthermore, the essay writing competition challenged students to think critically and propose innovative ideas on the topic "Utilization of Technology for Monitoring Waste and Microplastics." Imam Safir Alwan Nurza from UNJ won the 1st position with his essay titled "Decase U-Bot", followed by I Made Egga Adika Saputra from Denpasar in 2nd place and Presty Wulandari from Gorontalo State University in 3rd place. Click [here] to see the winning essays! © Aceh Bird Club The pinnacle of the event was the campaign held at the Peulanggahan village hall in Banda Aceh on 20th May 2023. The campaign featured two expert presenters, Fitrah Asma Ulhusna and Heri Tarmizi, who enlightened the 50 participants about the types and dangers of microplastics to both residents and migratory birds. The event also included interactive sessions, distribution of educational materials, souvenirs, and prizes to recognize outstanding participants. The event concluded with a cleanup activity along the river in the Lampulo area of Banda Aceh on 21st May. Attended by 70 participants, including students, university students, environmentalists, and the local community, this initiative aimed to create awareness about waste disposal and environmental preservation. The activity received extensive media coverage and inspired individuals to protect the environment and dispose of waste responsibly. © Aceh Bird Club © Aceh Bird Club The Aceh Bird Club's celebration of World Migratory Bird Day 2023 successfully fostered environmental consciousness among participants of all ages. By combining competitions, campaigns, and community engagement, the event highlighted the significance of preserving our ecosystems for the benefit of migratory birds and humanity. © Aceh Bird Club The project was funded through the 2023 EAAFP WMBD Small Grant Fund. View the report, Click here. View the event photos on the Flickr Album [here]. Article prepared by Aceh Bird Club        


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  • Discovering local wetlands: the vital habitat of migratory birds in Mongolia

    On May 13th, Saraana Nature Conservation Foundation (SNCF) held an event ‘Discovering local wetlands: the vital habitat of migratory birds’ to celebrate 2023 World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD). As the theme of this year is ‘Water: Sustaining Bird Life’, SNCF held an event that is focused on discovering wetlands and migratory birds. © Saraana Nature Conservation Foundation The event aimed to educate and inspire young minds at Bayandelger Soum in Tuv Province about the importance of wetlands and foster a sense of interest in migratory birds. Thirty-five Students and three teachers from Bayandelger Secondary School were our main participants, the first program of the event was a presentation about migratory birds and WMBD by Sarangerel Ichinkhorloo, the head of SNCF. © Saraana Nature Conservation Foundation After the presentation, the students and teachers headed to the Gun-Galuut Nature Conservation Center (GGNCC) at the Gun-Galuut Locally Protected Area (GGLPA). GGNCC is an information, training, and research center, that aims to monitor local biodiversity, especially birds as an umbrella species, and run conservation and educational activities. Moreover, GGLPA is a birding hotspot located 130km far from the capital city, which comprises wetlands such as lakes, river basins, streams, and oases. Its area serves as an important resting, feeding, and breeding habitat for migratory birds, especially threatened species such as White-naped Crane, Siberian Crane, Dalmatian Pelican, etc. © Saraana Nature Conservation Foundation At the GGNCC, SNCF staff and student volunteers shared their knowledge about the GGLPA, wetlands and biodiversity including migratory birds. At the GGNCC building, information on GGLPA and wetlands was shared, also, bird monitoring and ringing equipment were instructed to the participants. At the yurt (Mongolia Ger), the traditional style of Mongolia house, participants had a chance to learn more about bird species with pictures. During the instruction, students were actively responsive to the content and showed their interest in birds. © Saraana Nature Conservation Foundation For further activities, participants walked all together to one of the wetlands at GGLPA, the Ikh Gun Lake. At the Ikh Gun Lake, the SNCF ran three stations each with different themes: Birdwatching, Invertebrates Survey, and Water Survey. At the Birdwatching Station, participants observed birds by the lakes through binoculars and telescopes. They observed more than 10 migratory bird species such as Demoiselle Crane and Pied Avocet. © Saraana Nature Conservation Foundation At Invertebrates and Water Survey stations, participants drew water from the lake and took a deeper observation with magnifiers and pH test papers. They used scoop nets to find invertebrates from the lake to understand the biodiversity of wetlands. Also, they tested the acidity (pH level) of wetlands and compared it with drinking water, understanding the water filtration function of the wetlands. © Saraana Nature Conservation Foundation During the outdoor activities, the wind was strong, but it couldn’t stop students’ curiosity about birds and wetlands. After all, through the presentation and field trip at GGLPA, the participants had a chance to engage themselves to increase their interest and self-motivated to further local birdwatching and conservation activities on migratory birds. Especially, as they acknowledged the nearby place such as GGNCC and Ikh Gun Lake, we believe it would lead the participants to have further engagement too. © Saraana Nature Conservation Foundation Watch the video of the WMBD event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OODPdQOgG0 https://eaaflyway.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/video-World-Migratory-Bird-Day-2023.mp4 © Saraana Nature Conservation Foundation   The project was funded through the 2023 EAAFP WMBD Small Grant Fund. View the report, Click here. Article prepared by Saraana Nature Conservation Foundation    


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  • Successful Public Awareness Campaign Raises Concerns about Poaching of Migratory Birds in Bholagonj, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh

    World Migratory Bird Day 2023 © Sylhet Agricultural University The Department of Parasitology at Sylhet Agricultural University recently organized a successful event in commemoration of World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) in Bholagonj, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh. The event, aimed to raise public awareness about the poaching of migratory birds and promote their conservation in the region. On 8th May, 2023, a promotional programme was conducted to generate interest and encourage local participation. The response from the community was overwhelming, indicating a genuine desire to learn more about migratory birds. During the program, over 470 attendees were provided with fundamental knowledge about migratory birds and engaged in discussions. Promotional programme © Sylhet Agricultural University In the days leading up to the main event, dedicated teams were formed to handle different aspects of the program, including to arrange the venue, set up decorations, prepare informative materials, and ensure the availability of transportation and meals for all participants. Banners, leaflets, posters, and other visual aids were designed to convey the importance of migratory bird conservation and the detrimental effects of poaching. To mitigate the risk of inclement weather, the decision was made to hold the event in a local prayer hall with the permission of the local authorities. Main event © Sylhet Agricultural University On May 17, 2023, prominent guests, including mentors, professors, and local authority personnel, joined the event, further highlighting the importance of the cause. Through a series of engaging presentations, speakers shared insights on migratory birds, their habitats, and the grave consequences of poaching. The inclusion of audience participation, question-and-answer sessions, and interactive storytelling made the event informative and captivating. Posters against illegal poaching © Sylhet Agricultural University The event organized by the Department of Parasitology at Sylhet Agricultural University has not only heightened public awareness about the issue of migratory bird poaching but also instilled a sense of responsibility and commitment among the local community. By bringing together various stakeholders, this campaign has taken a significant step toward protecting migratory birds and their habitats in Bholagonj, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh. © Sylhet Agricultural University The project was funded through the 2023 EAAFP WMBD Small Grant Fund. View the report, Click here. Article prepared by Sylhet Agricultural University.


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  • World Migratory Bird Day 2023 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Fostering Awareness for Water and Bird Conservation

    World Migratory Bird Day 2023 © Endemic Indonesia Society The World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2023 was celebrated with great enthusiasm and success in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The event, organized by the Endemic Indonesia Society, aimed to raise awareness about the importance of water for both birds and people, particularly focusing on the conservation of migratory birds in the Progo River Estuary. R. Arif Alfauzi, S.Si delivering his presentation © Endemic Indonesia Society The activities commenced with a school visit to the local school MTs Darul Ulum Galur Kulon Progo on 13th May, 2023. R. Arif Alfauzi, S.Si., an experienced alumnus of UNY(Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta), delivered a presentation on the conservation of migratory birds in the Progo River estuary. Approximately 38 students, 4 teachers, and 10 university students attended the session, gaining valuable insights into the significance of preserving bird habitats. Birdwatching activity at the Progo River estuary © Endemic Indonesia Society Later in the day, birdwatching activities took place near the Progo River estuary in Bantul. Students from MTs Darul Ulum and around 20 university students participated in this event, guided by members of the Yogyakarta Birdwatchers Society. Divided into groups, the participants had the opportunity to observe and identify various bird species. Despite not being the migration season, they were still able to spot species such as the Common Sandpiper, Javan Plover, and Greater Crested Tern. The presence of journalists during the event led to a media article, further spreading awareness about the conservation efforts. To engage a broader audience, an online photo and article competition was conducted from 11th to 24th  May, 2023. Divided into two categories, students and university students, the competition received approximately 30 entries. The submitted works were evaluated, and the winners were announced during the concluding webinar on 27th May. Winner of the photo competition (student division) © Endemic Indonesia Society Winner of the photo competition (university division) © Endemic Indonesia Society Webinar about water and bird conservation in the Progo River © Endemic Indonesia Society The webinar served as the highlight of the WMBD 2023 event. With a theme focused on water and bird conservation in the Progo River, the webinar attracted approximately 80 participants from various backgrounds, where they shared research findings on the dangers of microplastics in the Progo River flow. Throughout the series of activities, the Endemic Indonesia Society recognized the importance of involving the media to raise awareness about migratory bird conservation. It further spread the message beyond the event's immediate participants. Birds found in the Progo River estuary © Endemic Indonesia Society The Progo River estuary holds great significance as a water source for surrounding communities and as a crucial feeding and resting place for migratory birds. The presence of endangered species at the site such as the Great Knot, Nordmann's Greenshank, and Far-eastern Curlew highlights the importance of conservation efforts. However, these birds face numerous threats, including hunting, habitat degradation, and the presence of microplastics in the river flow. The WMBD 2023 activities successfully highlighted these issues and fostered greater awareness and understanding among participants, contributing to the ongoing conservation efforts in Yogyakarta. By organizing educational initiatives and engaging with schools, communities, and decision-makers, the Endemic Indonesia Society and its partners took significant steps toward protecting migratory birds and their habitats. The success of the WMBD 2023 event not only underscored the importance of water for birds and people but also emphasized the need for continued collaboration and action to ensure the long-term survival of these remarkable migratory species in the Progo River estuary. News article 1: EIS and MTS Darul Ulum Kulonprogo Conduct Bird Watching in Muara Progo News article 2: Kali Progo is polluted by microplastics due to trash from baby diapers to mattresses News article 3: Massive sand mining at the mouth of the Progo River threatens the habitat of migratory shorebirds The project was funded through the 2023 EAAFP WMBD Small Grant Fund. View the report, Click here. Article prepared by Endemic Indonesia Society.          


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  • Strengthening Public Awareness: 2023 World Migratory Bird Day Celebrated in Tanguar Haor, Bangladesh

    Nature Eye, a renowned conservation organization, successfully organized the World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2023 event at Joypur Government Primary High School in Tanguar Haor, Bangladesh. This significant celebration took place on 13th May, 2023, with the support of the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP). The event aimed to raise awareness about the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats, educate participants about wetland importance, and promote the protection of Tanguar Haor—an EAAFP Flyway Network Site and a Ramsar Site. A total of 377 participants, including school students, teachers, and parents from the local community joined the event. A screening of an enlightening documentary titled "Migratory Birds of Tanguar Haor, Bangladesh", which shed light on the diverse avian species found in the region was shown. The documentary explained the migration patterns and emphasized the importance of Tanguar Haor as a crucial habitat for globally threatened and near-threatened species to the audience. Screening of the documentary "Migratory Birds of Tanguar Haor, Bangladesh" © Nature Eye One of the highlights of the event was the birdwatching activity. Students eagerly participated in observing migratory birds, honing their skills in bird identification. Equipped with binoculars, the participants were captivated by the experience of birdwatching, deepening their appreciation for the avian wonders that grace Tanguar Haor. Birdwatching activity at Tanguar Haor © Nature Eye Another important aspect of the event was a lecture on the significance of water for migratory birds, which was the theme of the 2023 WMBD. Participants learned about the crucial role of water habitats in the life cycles of these birds. Wetlands, rivers, lakes, and other water bodies provide essential resources for feeding, drinking, breeding, and rest during their arduous journeys. However, these habitats face threats from human activities, pollution, and climate change. The participants were made aware of the need to protect these vital ecosystems for the conservation of migratory birds. The alarming decline in migratory bird populations visiting Tanguar Haor was also discussed, attributed to factors such as habitat degradation, human pressure, illegal hunting, and water pollution caused by coal collection. Thousands of boats continuously pollute the water, endangering the foraging and roosting grounds of migratory waterbirds. This revelation emphasized the urgency of striking a balance between conservation and sustainable utilization of wetlands. Students participating in the art competition © Nature Eye Students showing their drawings © Nature Eye The event concluded with the students’ art competition where they drew the migratory birds found in Tanguar Haor. The successful celebration of WMBD 2023 in Tanguar Haor by Nature Eye would leave a lasting impact on the participants. They gained a deeper understanding of the ecological importance of migratory birds and wetlands while becoming advocates. The project was funded through the 2023 EAAFP WMBD Small Grant Fund. View the report, Click here. Article prepared by Nature Eye.  


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  • World Migratory Bird Day 2023 highlights impact of the growing water crisis on migratory birds

    BOULDER/BONN/INCHEON, 13 May 2023 – Water and its importance to migratory birds – and the increasing threats to both water quality and quantity -  is the focus of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day, a global campaign that aims to raise awareness of migratory birds and the need for international cooperation to conserve them. Activities to mark the campaign will be held globally on two peak days in May and October under the theme “Water: Sustaining Bird Life” Water is fundamental to sustaining life on our planet. Migratory birds rely on water and its associated habitats—lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, swamps, marshes, and coastal wetlands—for breeding, resting, refueling during migration, and wintering. Yet increasing human demand for water, along with climate change, pollution, and other factors, are threatening these precious aquatic ecosystems. Headlines around the world are sounding alarm: 35 percent of the world’s wetlands, critical to migratory birds, have been lost in the last 50 years. Utah’s Great Salt Lake, the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere and used by more than a million shorebirds, is in danger of disappearing within five years. Across the Amur-Heilong Basin in Asia, climate change is amplifying the impact of habitat destruction by depleting natural water systems and depriving migratory birds of vital breeding and stopover site.  These sobering examples go hand-in-hand with recent reports that reveal that 48 percent of bird species worldwide are undergoing population declines. Another poignant example is that of the Aral Sea shared by Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.  Once the fourth-largest lake in the world,  it is widely regarded as one of the planet’s worst water-related environmental disasters. Soviet-era irrigation projects almost completely dried up the lake, which led to the loss of livelihoods for fishermen and farmers and the deterioration of public health due to toxic dust and reduced access to clean water.  The impact has been severe for the communities around the lake, but also for migratory birds, which lost important food sources and a critically important stopover point on their journey. Another example is the Sahel, a vast semi-arid region in Africa: Prolonged periods of drought, deforestation, and overgrazing in the Sahel have led to the degradation of the soil and loss of vegetation, threatening the survival of both the local human population and wildlife, including migratory birds. Lake Chad, one of the largest water bodies in Africa in 1960, lost 90 % of its area, depleting water resources for local communities and also for many migratory birds. World Migratory Bird Day serves as an international call to action for the protection of migratory birds, whose ranges often span multiple countries, and are facing many different threats worldwide. The annual campaign is organized by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), Environment for the Americas (EFTA), and the East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP). World Migratory Bird Day 2023 will be officially held on 13 May and 14 October. The two days of World Migratory Bird Day 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. Events to raise awareness of migratory birds and the importance of water will take place all over the world including in local parks, nature centers, museums, libraries, schools, and other locations on these peak days and throughout the year. To learn more about this year’s World Migratory Bird Day campaign and actions to take, visit www.worldmigratorybirdday.org  and EAAFP WMBD 2023 webpage: https://eaaflyway.net/world-migratory-bird-day-2023/ Also, please have a look of the Campaign Strategy for promoting World Migratory Bird Day, click [here]. For more resources, visit the Trello Board [here]. Message from the Partners of World Migratory Bird Day    Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) “Water is essential for people as well as for migratory birds and other wild species of animals. Yet around the world, the availability and quality of water is under enormous pressure, with deeply concerning implications.  The looming global water crisis requires urgent action by governments, businesses, local communities as well as individuals. Because migratory birds cross national borders and even continents, international cooperation is essential to ensure that actions are taken to conserve and restore important habitat for migratory birds, and to address the drivers of water loss, pollution, and climate change,” said Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).     African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) “The water crisis recently highlighted by the UN 2023 Water Conference also has a tremendous impact on migratory birds. In the Sahel in particular, many wetlands on which migratory waterbirds rely during the non-breeding period are shrinking. Water is a vital resource for all, local communities as well as birds. By reducing our consumption, combatting climate change, and managing wetlands wiser, we can improve the situation,” said Dr. Jacques Trouvilliez, Executive Secretary of the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA).   Environment for the Americas (EFTA) “World Migratory Bird Day 2023 spotlights the vital role that water plays in the survival of our shared birds. The focal species illustrated on the campaign poster depict the intricate bond each bird shares with water. The diminutive Rufous Hummingbird thrives on nectar-producing flowers that rely on water for their blooms, and the Dickcissel scours the grasslands for seeds that hold the moisture they need. White Pelicans and Ospreys seek their prey in freshwater lakes, while the magnificent Wandering Albatross and Atlantic Puffin remain at sea. WMBD is an opportunity to unify our voices for the conservation of migratory birds and to celebrate their spectacular journeys,” said Dr. Susan Bonfield, Executive Director at Environment for the Americas (EFTA).   East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP) “This year's WMBD theme serves as a vital reminder of the linkage of migratory birds to the importance of protecting aquatic ecosystems and conserving wetlands. As birds such as threatened Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Dalmatian Pelican, and Sarus Crane migrate, they rely heavily on wetlands for survival. We must take urgent actions and collaborate at all levels, from citizens to among governments, to tackle the problems of saving water and aquatic ecosystem, and ensure that migratory birds continue to thrive.” Ms. Yeounhee Ahn, Deputy Executive of East Asian-Australasian Flyway Partnership (EAAFP).  


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