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International Migratory Bird Day 2014

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Why Birds Matter

The Benefits of Birds to Humans and Nature

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International Migratory Bird Day 2014 shares the many ways in which birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and of course, to us.
Some bird species provide practical solutions to problems, such as the need for insect and rodent control. Others disperse seeds, helping to re-vegetate disturbed areas. Others are pollinators, ensuring that we are graced with flowering plants, trees, and shrubs. Beyond the utilitarian, birds are inspirations for the arts.

The IMBD 2014 poster features steel drum art by Elias St. Louis of Haiti. The art includes 9 bird species, each of which represents an important service provided to the environment and humans.


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Find an International Migratory Bird Day Festival! Use the interactive maps to find festivals, bird observatories, raptor centers,  birding trails or bird camps. IMBD events map

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While International Migratory Bird day is typically held on the second Saturday in May (May 10 in 2014), any day can be a day of celebration. Celebrate whenever migratory bird arrival happens in your own community or whenever you feel like celebrating birds!

IMBD is an invitation to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation!

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