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World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day has been observed twice a year since its inauguration in 2006. International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated on 14 May and 8 October 2022. 

Key Points:

  • The day is celebrated with an aim to safeguard migratory birds’ breeding and non-breeding also as a stopover habitat while preserving a healthy bird population. 
  • The theme for World Migratory Bird Day this year is- light pollution.
  • Artificial lighting has been increasing across the globe by at least 2% per annum; this has had an adverse impact on many birds. 
  • Light pollution is a major threat to migratory birds leading to disorientation while flying at night; this, in turn, leads to collisions and also interferes with their long-distance migrations.

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