World Migratory Bird day 2023 to focus on Water

The 2023 edition of the World Migratory Bird Day Campaign will focus on water and it’s central role to bird migration as the world grapples from the effects of climate change, pollution that continually contribute to the low bird population statistics.

According to a statement issued by the World Migratory Bird website, “We are pleased to announce that next year’s World Migratory Bird Day campaign will focus on the topic of water and its importance for migratory birds.Water is fundamental to life on our planet.”

According to the campaign, water is important to Migratory birds as, “The vast majority of migratory birds rely on aquatic ecosystems during their life cycles. Inland and coastal wetlands, rivers, lakes, streams, marshes, and ponds are all vital for feeding, drinking, or nesting, and also as places to rest and refuel during their long journeys.”

However, “Unfortunately, aquatic ecosystems are becoming increasingly threatened around the world and so are the migratory birds that depend on them. The increasing human demand for water, as well as pollution and climate change, are having a direct impact on the availability of clean water and the conservation status of many migratory birds.”

To this effect, “Next year’s World Migratory Bird Day campaign will highlight the importance of water for migratory birds and identify key actions for protecting water resources and aquatic ecosystems.” The statement highlighted.

Furthermore, “The two peak days of World Migratory Bird Day 2023 will be 13 May and 14 October, reflecting the cyclical nature of bird migration with varying migration periods in the northern and southern hemispheres.”

Forty percent of the world bird population is argued to migrate between continent’s seasonally and this is known to increase population decrease owing to hunting among other measures that enhance population loss.

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