World Migratory Bird Day 2015: Energy – make it bird-friendly!

Save the date! 9 -10 May 2015 is World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2015.

The theme of this year’s WMBD is “Energy - make it bird - friendly!” A highly relevant topic for the Wadden Sea, which is a hotspot for migratory birds. 10 – 12 million birds stop over in our region each year on their migration routes between the Arctic and Africa. Along the way, they struggle with the massive expansion of various means of generating and distributing energy. While sustainable renewable energy production is expected to have positive effects on migratory birds by mitigating climate change and its impacts, it requires proper planning, design and risk assessment to avoid threats to migratory bird species.

Launched in 2006 World Migratory Bird Day is an annual awareness-raising campaign and aims to inspire the worldwide conservation of both migratory birds and their habitats. This campaign is organized by two environmental treaties concluded under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and the UNEP Agreement on the Conservation of African - Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). WMBD is also supported by a growing number of partners, including the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

Further information about World Migratory Bird Day 2015 can be found here.