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World Migratory Bird Day

May 11, 2019

The accumulation of plastic and plastic pollution have become a worldwide epidemic and a primary threat to birds across the globe. An estimated 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced since its introduction in the 1950s. 91% of plastic is not recycled, but rather discarded as waste, accumulating in landfills and the natural environment. That is why the 2019 conservation theme is, “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.”

Art has been central to International Migratory Bird Day and will continue to be a key element in 2019. The 12 focal bird species selected for World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) 2019 represent diverse groups of birds, the habitats they use, and their foraging behaviors. Despite their differences, each of these birds and their habitats have been impacted by plastic pollution. View the WMBD 2019 Art.

Each year, the WMBD advisory committee selects an artist to illustrate the annual conservation theme. This year Arnaldo Toledo Sotolongo, from Santa Clara, Cuba created the World Migratory Bird Day 2019 Art. Arnaldo has had a passion for wildlife art the majority of his life and is excited to create the WMBD art this year! Read about the WMBD 2019 Artist.

Promoting your World Migratory Bird Day event can be a daunting task, so we created a Social Media Packet that provides easy copy-and-paste posts that you can use on your social media accounts.



May 11, 2019



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