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Chirps Across Continents: World Migratory Bird Day

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World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is a remarkable annual occasion that manifests the astounding journeys commenced by migratory birds across the world. This day also underscores the significance of protecting these avian wonders.

Observed globally, WMBD highlights the remarkable journeys undertaken by millions of birds each year as they migrate between breeding and wintering grounds.

The theme for World Migratory Bird Day 2024 is “Protect Insects, Protect Birds”.

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On World Migratory Bird Day, governments, birdwatchers, communities, and conservation organizations come together to support and advocate the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.

The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) while conveying their wishes said, “The presence of insects greatly influences the timing, duration, and overall success of bird migrations. Many birds’ journeys coincide with peak insect abundance in their stopover areas.”

Moreover, the United Nations’ Environmental Program also shared their thoughts. “World Migratory Bird Day spotlights insects, crucial for migratory birds during their extensive travels and breeding periods. Yet, threats like pesticide use and habitat loss jeopardize these vital partners. Taking action to protect insects and birds is pivotal for the health of both ecosystems.”

Additionally, The World-Wide Fund for Nature Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) highlighted, “Over the years, there has been a decrease in migratory bird populations that rely on insects for survival. This World Migratory Bird Day, let’s focus on protecting both birds and insects to ensure the well-being of migratory birds across their flyways.”

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Activities planned for the occasion included birdwatching events, educational workshops, habitat restoration activities, and advocacy campaigns. These events aim to inspire people of all ages to appreciate migratory birds and take meaningful actions to protect their habitats.

World Migratory Bird Day is a poignant reminder of the beauty and importance of migratory birds and a call to action to conserve them Migratory birds play crucial roles in pollination, pest control, seed dispersal, and nutrient cycling, benefiting agriculture, forestry, and tourism industries.

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