World Migratory Bird Day

2021: Sing, Fly, Soar Like a Bird

Any time of year is a great time to get out and see birds, but migration time is when flocks of colorful birds are at their peak, moving along their migratory flyways toward their breeding and wintering grounds.

That's why so many festivals, citizen science projects and other bird-focused events take place during May, when spring migration in the Western Hemisphere is in full swing.

Since 1993, International Migratory Bird Day has been celebrated during the second weekend in May in the Western Hemisphere, coordinated by  Environment for the Americas and sponsored by dozens of organizations, including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, that are dedicated to birds and bird conservation.

In 2018, Environment for the Americas joined the  Convention on Migratory Species and the  Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds to create a single, global bird conservation education campaign.  World Migratory Bird Day celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas – bird migration.

For 2021, the theme “Sing, Fly, Soar Like a Bird” is the theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day, the only international education program that celebrates the migration of hundreds of bird species between their summer nesting habitats in North America and wintering grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

From sandpipers and cranes to vultures and hummingbirds, this year’s World Migratory Bird Day will explore what makes birds unique. World Migratory Bird Day activities at more than 700 locations from Argentina to Canada will teach participants how to identify birds, how to connect with birds, and how to delve deeper into bird biology and conservation. Topics such as what makes birds sing, the mysteries of migration, and the astounding power of flight will be explored.

During this year's events, World Migratory Bird Day will inspire the joy of bird song, flight, and migration. Traditionally celebrated in Canada and the U.S. on the second Saturday in May, in reality every day is World Migratory Bird Day. Programs, festivals, and other events occur throughout the year, whenever it is best for birds (and the organizers).

Last Updated: April 22, 2021