International Migratory Bird Day (Bird Day) celebrates a migratory bird’s spectacular migration between winter and summer grounds. Bird Day is a project of Environment for the Americas and was created in 1993 to focus attention on the need to conserve birds and their habitats. As the Canadian partner of Bird Day, Nature Canada encourages Canadians to welcome back birds on Bird Day by holding an event to celebrate this magic moment of the year and connect Canadians to nature.
Bird Day, which can be held anytime of the year but is traditionally on the second Saturday in May, encourages bird conservation and increases awareness of birds through activities that are fun, engaging and educational. Bird Day activities vary from neighbourhood hikes to observe birds to multiday festivals. Each year, Bird Day has an official theme. This year, the theme is “Why Birds Matter.” We encourage those organizing Bird Day events to consider this theme in their programing.
Please visit the other Bird Day web pages to see examples of events, guidance for funding or promotion, where events are taking place across Canada, and what free resources Nature Canada has available to you. If you want other resources, check out the free materials on the Environment for the America’s website.
Nature Canada would like to thank the following partners who support Bird Day: