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Global celebrations planned for World Migratory Bird Day

On 10 May, dedicated organisations and people around the world will join annual celebrations to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), raising awareness on the need for their conservation.

Since 2006, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) have been organising WMBD in May. All are invited to join the tenth edition of celebrations on Tuesday, 10 May.

The slogan ‘…and when the skies fall silent? Stop the illegal killing, taking and trade!’ evokes the deadly silence that would endure without birds tweeting, quacking, honking or flapping their wings.

This year’s theme - the Illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds - highlights the predominant threat to migratory birds across the Mediterranean. The campaign also aims to raise awareness of the importance of the birds to the environment as whole.

The illegal killing, taking and trade of migratory birds causes their populations to decline and may even drive them to extinction. Millions of birds are shot, trapped or glued every year in violation of national and international law. Raising awareness and educating people about the massive scale of these illegal activities will contribute to combating the crime.

As in previous years, WMBD will involve people and dedicated organisations in events across the world such as bird festivals, educational workshops, exhibitions and bird-watching.

A video competition has furthermore been organised by CMS and AEWA, with the best entry set to be the official trailer for WMBD 2016.

Over the last ten years, over 2,000 events have been organised worldwide. Join the campaign and register your event on the dedicated website of World Migratory Bird Day 2016 by clicking here.

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