Even as International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebrates its 25th anniversary, Environment for the Americas expands the reach of its keystone education program by joining with new partners across the globe to create a single event: World Migratory Bird Day. WMBD will unify voices for bird conservation through the 2018 conservation theme, Year of the Bird, and help share ideas for protecting birds 365 days a year. The winning WMBD poster design created by Paula Romero includes 12 bird species, each representing some of the many actions we can take to protect them. Celebration of WMBD is a keystone criteria met by the 107 Bird City Wisconsin communities.
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In 1993, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center created International Migratory Bird Day. This educational campaign focused on the Western Hemisphere and celebrates its 25th year in 2018. Since 2007, IMBD has been coordinated by Environment for the Americas (EFTA), a non-profit organization that strives to connect people to bird conservation.
In 2018, EFTA joins the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) to create a single, global bird conservation education campaign, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD). Continuing our tradition with IMBD, WMBC celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas – bird migration.
EFTA will continue to coordinate events, programs, and activities in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean at protected areas, refuges, parks, museums, schools, zoos, and more. As many as 700 events and programs are hosted annually to introduce the public to migratory birds and ways to conserve them.