Each year on the second weekend in May, dedicated people and organizations plan World Migratory Bird Day events to celebrate migrating birds in their region and to raise awareness about the need for their protection. Since World Migratory Bird Day began in 2006, events have been carried out in 104 countries.

On their epic journeys spanning thousands of kilometres, migratory birds connect continents, cultures and people along their migration routes. World Migratory Bird Day 2012 and this year’s theme Migratory birds and people - together through time highlight the vital relationship between birds and people.

This year’s poster portrays the 2012 World Migratory Bird Day theme Migratory birds and people – together through time, highlighting the many connections and historic links between migratory birds and people in a truly global way. Humanity’s fascination with migratory birds is evident in the symbolism throughout history in many ancient cultural legends. For example, in Egypt the ancient falcon-headed god Horus and in Peru the Nazca line monuments are testaments to migratory birds’ strong influences on past cultures. Also, many groups and cultures continue to rely economically on migratory birds for their livelihoods, for example through subsistence and the growing global ecotourism and birdwatching industry.

The phenomenon of bird migration is crucial to the web of life, as migrating birds act as indicators of biodiversity, ecosystem health and climate change. Migratory birds also provide essential ecological benefits and services, such as pollination, to the ecosystems we rely on to survive.

This year’s poster will be available in English, French, Spanish and German and free poster packages can be ordered by organizers to support and help promote their events. You can register your events and order posters on the new 2012 World Migratory Bird Day Website at: www.worldmigratorybirdday.org

Join the celebration of a great natural wonder on World Migratory Bird Day! Everyone can join to celebrate, protect and raise awareness of migratory birds on 12-13 May 2012 by organizing bird-watching events, educational programmes, lectures, art exhibitions, competitions and other public events. However you decide to participate, your contribution will help make a difference!

All event organizers can register their events on the WMBD website they can be added to the WMBD Event Map at: www.worldmigratorybirdday.org  

You can also keep in touch with the growing World Migratory Bird Day community and get updates on the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.