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World Migratory Bird Day highlights importance of networks of sites for migratory birds

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 10:10

This year's World Migratory Bird Day theme - "Networking for migratory birds" - highlights the importance of networks of sites for migratory birds along their migration routes. The 2013 World Migratory Bird Day Poster highlights a few of the thousands of sites important for bird migration. Migratory birds travel huge distances along their migration routes, sometimes even tens of thousands of kilometres. These connected sites act like 'stepping stones' and are used by birds to migrate. They are important for resting, feeding, breeding and wintering.

Many sites that birds depend on are under threat from human activities, thereby posing a grave risk to migratory bird species. Direct human activities such as land reclamation and deforestation, as well as indirect human influences, such as climate change, damage these sites through habitat fragmentation and degradation. Large numbers of important sites have already been damaged, or lost entirely. Consequently, the conservation of the remaining important sites is crucial for the protection of avian migratory species.

This year's theme also highlights the importance of networking amongst governments, conservation organizations and dedicated people to conserve migratory birds by establishing global connections. Joint action in the form of international cooperation is needed, since conservation efforts in one country can be completely jeopardized by the loss of a single site in another.

World Migratory Bird Day aims to encourage the international community - governments, conservation organizations and dedicated people alike – to to work together to conserve migratory birds around the world.

For more information, visit WMBD 2013 website.