Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day by Going Birding
World Migratory Bird Day takes place the second Saturday in May. Take a look at special programs happening all over North America.
World Migratory Bird Day, also known as Global Big Day, takes place annually on the second Saturday in May. In 2022, that day falls on May 14. The purpose is to bring attention to migration and introduce the public to conservation.
The theme of this year’s event is a focus on light pollution and the risk it poses to migrating birds. “Dim the Lights for Birds at Night” is the official slogan for World Migratory Bird Day 2022.
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Look for a #WMBD2022 event near you. There are special programs happening this month all over North America. If you can’t make it to an event, get outside and go birding anyway! Be sure to check eBird to see what species have been spotted in your area, and be on the lookout for the many spring migrants passing through.
World Migratory Bird Day at Zoo Atlanta, May 14
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, May 19-22
Twin Cities Urban Birding Festival, May 20-22
San Antonio, Texas
Migratory Bird Fest, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, April 21-May 14
Spring Bird Festival, Colonel Samuel Smith Park, May 28
Westerly, Rhode Island
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Of course, the height of migration season can vary by weeks, depending on where you live. Southern areas will often celebrate Bird Day much earlier, while northern spots might push it back a bit. If there are birding organizations near you, just ask them if they’re celebrating. If not, encourage them to get involved.
Get more resources, events and learn a whole lot more about Bird Day at worldmigratorybirdday.org.
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